The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today deplored the killing of journalist Mohammed al-Yemeni in the southwest of Yemen and urged all parties to be mindful of the safety of journalists.
“I condemn the killing of Mohammed al-Yemeni,” the Director-General said. “Once again, I call on all parties to respect the civilian status of journalists in keeping with the Geneva Conventions. Media workers must be allowed to carry out their work, which is particularly important in times of crisis, when information can help save human lives and facilitate dialogue.”
Al-Yemeni was a freelance cameraman. He was killed on 21 March while covering clashes in the city of Taiz.
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…”