Director-General denounces murder of investigative journalist Evany José Metzker in Brazil

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today urged a thorough investigation into the killing of Brazilian journalist Evany José Metzker. His body was found in the northeast of the state of Minas Gerais on 18 May, five days after he was reported missing.

“I condemn the murder of Evany José Metzker,” the Director-General said. “I call on the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into this crime and bring the perpetrators to justice. It is important for society as a whole that those responsible for violent attempts to muzzle press freedom are not allowed to get away with their crimes unpunished.”

Mr. Metzker, 67, was an investigative journalist with his own blog, Coruja do Vale.

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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UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”