Director-General urges inquiry into murder of Philippines radio journalist Cosme Diez Maestrado

The Director-General of UNESCO today condemned the assassination of radio journalist Cosme Diez Maestrado, on 27 August in Ozamiz City in Mindanao, in the Philippines.

“I condemn the murder of Cosme Diez Maestrado,” the Director-General said. “Journalists are paying an unacceptable price for the fundamental right of freedom of expression. I urge the authorities to spare no effort in apprehending those responsible for this crime.”

Cosme Diez Maestrado, who hosted a programme on DXOC radio, was shot by unknown assailants. According to the International Federation of Journalists, Maestrado had survived a previous assassination attempt in November 2013.

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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Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org, +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

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…”