Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, today condemned the killing of documentary film maker and journalist José Feliciano Yactayo Rodríguez whose dead body was found on 27 February near Lima, the capital of Peru.
“I condemn the murder of José Feliciano Yactayo Rodríguez,” the Director-General said. “I call on the authorities to investigate this killing and bring those responsible to justice. Violence cannot be allowed to silence those reporting on, or documenting matters of concern for society, nor can murder be allowed to deprive us of the fruit of their labour.”
The body of José Feliciano Yactayo Rodríguez was found in the rural Andahuasi region close to Lima, on 27 February 2017, a couple of days after his disappearance. After a career in television, Yactayo Rodríguez became a producer and director of documentary films.
The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.
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