The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today called on the authorities of the Philippines to investigate the murder of radio broadcaster Eddie Jesus Apostol earlier this month
“I condemn the murder of Eddie Jesus Apostol,” the Director-General said. “It is important that the authorities conduct a serious investigation into this killing and ensure that the perpetrators are punished for their crime.”
Eddie Jesus Apostol leased airtime on DXND Radio in the southern province of Maguindanao. He was found dead on 1 September near the town of Sultan sa Barongis.
Apostol was a former town councilor who co-hosted a weekly radio programme about issues of concern to indigenous people and science.
Forty-eight journalists and media workers, including Apostol, have been killed in the Philippines since 2008. They are listed on the dedicated website, UNESCO Remembers Assassinated 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…”