Director-General denounces assassination of Paraguayan journalist Edgar Pantaleón Fernández Fleitas
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today urged the authorities of Paraguay to ensure that those responsible for the assassination of radio journalist Edgar Pantaleón Fernández Fleitas are brought to trial.
“I condemn the murder of Edgar Pantaleón Fernández Fleitas,” the Director-General said. “It is important that those responsible for crimes against journalists be brought to trial. The justice system must be mobilized to prevent violence from muzzling freedom of expression and press freedom.”
Fernández, a lawyer who hosted a daily news programme on the community radio station Belén Comunicaciones was shot dead in his office in the city of Concepción, in the north of Paraguay on 19 June.
The broadcaster is the second journalist to be killed in Paraguay this year. The Director-General’s statements on the killing of media workers are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.
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