Director General condemns killing of TV journalist Igor Padilla in Honduras
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has denounced today the killing of reporter Igor Padilla in northwest of Honduras on 17 January.
“I condemn the murder of Igor Padilla” said the Director-General. “Such killings seek to tear at the social fabric. Without journalists, communication and dialogue are stifled, and freedom of expression is undermined. I urge the authorities to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.”
Igor Padilla, who was a reporter for the TV channel Hable Como Habla (HCH), was shot in the Suyapa district of the San Pedro Sula municipality.
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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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…”