The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today condemned the killing of journalist Manuel Santiago Torres González on 14 May in the Mexican state of Veracruz.
“I condemn the murder of Manuel Santiago Torres González,” the Director-General said. “Attacks on the media affect every member of society and undermine freedom of expression. I call on the authorities to investigate this heinous crime and bring its perpetrators to justice.”
Veteran journalist Manuel Santiago Torres González was editor of the Noticias MT news website was shot in the city of in Poza Rica.
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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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…”