Director-General firmly condemns the killing of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

20 October 2018

UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, firmly condemned the brutal killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which was officially confirmed by authorities in Saudi Arabia last night.

 

“I firmly condemn the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi,” said the Director-General.

 

“The killing of Jamal Khashoggi reminds us of the need to fight for press freedom, which is essential to democracy. Accountability for these crimes is non-negotiable. I urge the relevant authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice,” Ms. Azoulay said.

 

UNESCO promotes the safety of journalists through global awareness-raising, capacity building and a range of actions, notably the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.

 

On 2 November, UNESCO will mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.
 

See also: UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

 

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