Director-General urges improved safety for journalists following death of Pakistani reporter Saqib Khan

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today denounced the bomb attack that killed four people, including photojournalist Saqib Khan, in Karachi last month.

            Saqib Khan who was working for Dunya News TV, had been on the spot to report on a previous blast.

            “I condemn the attack that claimed the life of photojournalist Saqib Khan and three other civilians,” the Director-General said.  “All murder is a tragedy but when journalists are killed public debate loses a voice that can provide an important contribution to democracy. It is essential that governments do all they can to ensure safe conditions for journalists to carry out their work.”

            The attack brings to ten the number of journalists killed in Pakistan in 2012.  They are remembered on the dedicated UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.


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UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”