Director-General condemns murder of journalists Raed Fares and Hamoud Jneed in Syria

05 December 2018

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has deplored the killing of journalists Raed Fares and Hamoud Jneed in the town of Kafranbel, in Syria’s northern province of Idlib on 23 November

“I condemn the murder of Raed Fares and Hamoud Jneed,” said the Director-General. “Fares and Jneed were deeply committed journalists who remained dedicated to informing the public at great risk to themselves over the years. I call on the local authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice, an essential step to improve the safety of journalists working in the area.”

Unidentified gunmen killed Raed Fares and Hamoud Jneed on 23 November, shortly after they left Radio Fresh, where both worked. Fares, a broadcast journalist and civil society organizer, was the founder of Radio Fresh for which Jneed worked as a photographer.

UNESCO promotes the safety of journalists through global awareness-raising, capacity building and a range of actions, notably the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.

See also: UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

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