The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has denounced the killing of Mexican radio journalist Filiberto Álvarez Landeros in Tlaquiltenango, in the state of Morelos, south of Mexico City, on 29 April.
“I condemn the murder of Filiberto Álvarez Landeros,” the Director-General said. “I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice so as to defend freedom of speech and journalists’ ability to carry out their professional obligations.”
Unknown gunmen shot Filiberto Álvarez Landeros, who broadcast a music and poetry programme on La señal de Jojutla radio, while he was walking home from work.
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…”