The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has called for an investigation into the killing of television reporter and cameraman Carlos Oveniel Lara Domínguez in Copán, western Honduras, on 23 October.
“I condemn the killing of Carlos Oveniel Lara Domínguez and urge the authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to trial,” said the Director-General. “Violence against the media must not go unpunished as it undermines freedom of expression, prevents journalists from doing their work, induces some to practice self-censorship, and deprives society from its right to access information.”
Unknown assailers shot Carlos Oveniel Lara Domínguez on his way to Canal 12 Telemaya, the television broadcaster for which he worked as a reporter and camera operator.
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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