The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today denounced the killing of two TV journalists, Mohamed Karim al-Badrani and Mohamed Ghanem, in Mosul on 05 October.
“I condemn the murder of Mohamed Karim al-Badrani and Mohamed Ghanem,” the Director-General said. “It is essential that the authorities investigate these cases and bring their culprits to trial. Letting such crimes go unpunished severely undermines journalists’ ability to carry out their professional duties, and societies’ freedom to engage in open and informed debate.”
The two journalists were shot dead while filming a report about a market in Mosul for the independent television channel Al-Sharqiya.
Their deaths bring to three the number of journalists murdered in Iraq this year. They are all remembered on the dedicated web page UNESCO Condemns Killing of Journalists.
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