The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today condemned the killing of Iranian television cameraman Farhad Taqaddosi on 20 September in Kabul (Afghanistan) and called for better safety for journalists working in the country.
“I condemn the killing of Farhad Taqaddosi,” the Director-General said. “The killing of journalists undermines the profession’s ability to carry out its duty to provide first hand information to the public. Freedom of the press is indispensible for our enjoyment of the fundamental human right of freedom of expression. I therefore call on the authorities to do all in their power to ensure better safety for journalists working in Afghanistan.”
Farhad Taqaddosi worked for Press TV an English-language public broadcaster of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He was severely injured during a Taliban attack in Kabul on 13 September and died from his injuries one week later in the hospital. ****
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