Director-General urges investigation into murder of journalist Francisco Pacheco Beltrán in Mexico

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today called for an investigation into the killing of Francisco Pacheco Beltrán, in the Mexican city of Taxco on 25 April.

“I condemn the murder of Francisco Pacheco Beltrán,” the Director-General said. “I call on the authorities to investigate this killing, which undermines the media’s ability to do their work and limits people’s access to information.”

Francisco Pacheco Beltrán worked for radio station Capital Máxima, daily newspaper El Sol de Acapulco, online weekly El Foro de Taxco and ran his own website. He was killed in front of his house in Taxco.

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…”