The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, condemned the killing of two journalists in Yemen, Abdullah Kabil and Youssef Alaizry.
“I condemn the violence that claimed the lives of Abdullah Kabil and Youssef Alaizry,” said the Director-General. “I urge all parties in Yemen to respect the civilian status of journalists, in keeping with the Geneva Conventions.”
Both journalists were kidnapped in the province of Dhamar, southwestern Yemen, on 20 May. They were found dead five days later.
Abdullah Kabil was a reporter for Shabab television station and Youssef Alaizry reported for Shuhail television. Militiamen abducted them as they were on their way back from an assignment covering a meeting between tribes opposed to the Houthis.
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…”