The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today denounced the killing of Tanzanian Daudi Mwangosi on 2 September and urged an investigation into the case.
"I am deeply concerned by the killing of Daudi Mwangosi and call on the authorities to investigate his death and bring those responsible to justice," the Director-General said. "It is essential for democracy and rule of law that journalists be allowed to carry out their duties and exercise their right to free speech safely."
Daudi Mwangosi, 40, was a reporter for Channel Ten TV. He was killed while a demonstration he was covering in Nyololo Village in the central region of Iringa was being dispersed.
UNESCO's condemnation of the killing of media workers can be found on a dedicated webpage .
Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org , +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12
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:"