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Director General condemns killing of Samir Ali Hussein Shgara in Iraq

19 January 2019

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has condemned the killing of Samir Ali Hussein Shgara, who was shot dead earlier this month.

“I condemn the killing of Samir Ali Hussein Shgara,” said the Director-General. “I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and ensure that its perpetrators are brought to justice. It is fundamental for society as a whole that journalists be able to carry out their mission of informing the public without fearing for their lives.”

Police found the dead body of Samir Ali Shgara, a camera operator for Al Hurra Iraq television, on 10 January near Baghdad.

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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