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Director-General calls for investigation into murder of journalist Gabriel Soriano in Mexico

19 November 2018

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has condemned the killing of journalist Gabriel Soriano in the Mexican state of Acapulco calling for an end to impunity for crimes against the media.

 “I condemn the murder of Gabriel Soriano,” said the Director-General. “Gabriel Soriano’s death is yet another tragic illustration of the dire conditions journalists endure in Mexico. In order to improve the safety of journalists and media workers in the country, I join the public call for an end to impunity for crimes against reporters and their colleagues.”

 Soriano, a radio producer and presenter for public broadcaster, Radio y Televisión de Guerrero (RTG), was shot on 24 October while driving a company van clearly marked with the RTG logo.

 UNESCO promotes the safety of journalists through global awareness-raising, capacity building and a range of actions, notably the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.

See also: UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

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Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray@unesco.org, +33 (0)1 45 68 08 91