The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today denounced a bomb attack that killed photojournalists Taqi Al-Din Al-Huthaifi, Wael Al-Absi, and Sa’ad Al-Nadhari in the southwest of Yemen on 26 May.
“I condemn the attack that killed Taqi Al-Din Al-Huthaifi, Wael Al-Absi, and Sa’ad Al-Nadhari,” said the Director-General. “I call on all to respect the Geneva Conventions, which reaffirm the civilian status of journalists and qualify attacks on the media during conflict as a war crime. Journalists’ work is particularly important in such situations, when their reports can help civilians survive.”
Photojournalists Taqi Al-Din Al-Huthaifi, Wael Al-Absi, and Sa’ad Al-Nadhari were killed while covering clashes in the city of Taiz. Two other journalists, Walid Al-Qadasi and Salal Al-Din Al-Wahbani, were also injured.
The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists
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