The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today denounced the murder of Russian television journalist Anatoli Klian, who was killed on the night of 30 June, near Donetsk in the eastern region of Ukraine.
“I condemn the killing of Anatoli Klian,” said the Director-General. “I call on the authorities to do everything possible to find the perpetrators of this crime and bring them to justice. Journalists covering current events in Ukraine should be able to carry out their mission of providing information and nurturing informed debate, without fearing for their lives.”
Anatoli Klian, 68, was an employee of the Russian television network Perviy Kanal. He was shot dead while filming with his crew near a Ukrainian military base in the Donetsk region.
Since January 2014, the Director-General has condemned the murders of six journalists in Ukraine. They are remembered on the dedicated page, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.
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