The Director-General of UNESCO today denounced the killing of twenty-two-year-old journalist Fernando Raymondi Uribe on 9 November in San Vicente de Cañete, Peru, and called for an investigation into this crime.
“I condemn the murder of Fernando Raymondi Uribe,” the Director-General said. “His killing is a loss for society as a whole and I trust that a thorough investigation will allow the authorities to bring those responsible for this crime to trial, in order to ensure justice and to deter those who think they can use violence to limit the public’s access to information.”
Fernando Raymondi Uribe was shot by two gunmen during a visit to his father’s grocery shop in San Vicente de Cañete, a town south of Lima. While still a student of journalism at the University of Lima, Raymondi Uribe had been working for the Peruvian weekly Caretas
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…”