The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today condemned the murder of Mexican political journalist Humberto Millán Salazar who was found dead on 25 of August near Culiacán, capital of the western state of Sinaloa.
"I condemn the murder of Humberto Millán Salazar," the Director-General said. "I trust that efforts undertaken by the authorities to bring the culprits responsible for this crime to justice will be pursued with rigor and determination. It is essential that the impunity enjoyed by those responsible for such crimes in Mexico be brought to an end, for the sake of the basic human right of freedom of expression, freedom of the press, good governance and rule of law."
Humberto Millán Salazar, 53, hosted a show on Radio Fórmula and wrote a column for the news website A Discusión. In both, his work focused on local politics. He was abducted on 24 August by two unidentified men in an SUV on his way to work.
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…”