The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today denounced the murder of radio journalist Mafaldo Bezerra Goes in the Brazilian town of Jaguaribe and called for an investigation into the case.
“I condemn the assassination of Mafaldo Bezerra Goes,” the Director-General said. “It is important that this case be investigated thoroughly and its culprits be brought to justice. Impunity must not be tolerated as it reinforces the vulnerability of media workers and seriously undermines press freedom.”
Bezerra Goes, 61, was shot dead on 22 February as he was walking to work at radio FM Rio Jaguaribe. He was the host of a programme which often denounced drug traffickers and criminal groups. Bezerra Goes is reported to have been the object of death threats.
He is remembered in the dedicated webpage, UNESCO Condemns the Killing of Journalists.
Media contact: 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…”