The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today urged an investigation into the killing of Mexican broadcaster and community leader Atilano Román in Mazatlán, northwest Mexico, on 11 October 2014.
“I condemn the killing of Atilano Román and call on the authorities to spare no effort to bring those responsible for this terrible crime to justice,” the Director-General said. “Violence against media professionals creates a climate of fear and silences journalists -- this must be stopped in the interest of Mexican society as a whole,” Ms Bokova concluded.
Two men killed Atilano Román in the studio of Fiesta Mexicana radio as he was hosting his weekly live broadcast, Así es mi tierra (such is my land). Román was also the leader of a movement of about 800 local farming families whose land was flooded when Picachos dam was built in Sinaloa state in 2007.
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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