Director-General urges investigation into murder of journalist Moisés Dagdug Lutzow in Mexico

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has called on the Mexican authorities to investigate the murder of radio owner and presenter Moisés Dagdug Lutzow in the Mexican state of Tabasco.

“I condemn the murder of Moisés Dagdug Lutzow,” the Director-General said. “People rely on journalists and media workers to be kept informed and crimes against them constitute an unacceptable form of censorship. I therefore call on the authorities to investigate this killing and bring those responsible for it to justice.”

Mexican journalist Moisés Dagdug Lutzow was killed on 20 February in his home in the city of Villahermosa. He was the owner of radio station XEVX-AM La Grande de Tabasco and presenter of a weekly programme on local politics, crime and other issues. He also owned a media company, Grupo VX.

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…”