The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today condemned the killing of radio journalist Famous Giobaro in Yenagoa, Nigeria, on 16 April.
“I condemn the murder of Famous Giobaro,” said the Director-General. “Criminal attacks on journalists and media workers seek to silence the voices of those whose vocation it is to keep society informed. Such attacks weaken the media’s capacity, and undermine free speech and the rule of law. Their perpetrators must be brought to justice.”
Famous Giobaro, a desk editor for public radio Globe FM, was killed in his home by unknown assailants.
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…”