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Director-General calls for investigation into killing of magazine publisher Wai Yan Heinn in Myanmar

29 May 2017

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has denounced the recent murder of print journalist Wai Yan Heinn, in Yangon, Myanmar.

“I condemn the murder of Wai Yan Heinn,” said the Director-General. “It is essential for freedom of expression, freedom of information and rule of law that the authorities investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice,” Ms Bokova added.

Wai Yan Heinn, editor of independent weekly Iron Rose, was found dead from stab wounds in his office on 16 April.

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…”