The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today deplored the killing of Peruvian newspaper photographer Luis Choy Yin Sandoval in Lima on 23 February and called for a full investigation into the incident.
“I condemn the killing of Luis Choy Yin Sandoval,” the Director-General said. “Attacks on media personnel which seriously undermine the ability of the press to fulfill their professional duties, must be investigated. I am confident that the Government will do everything possible to bring the perpetrators to justice for the sake of press freedom, which is essential for democracy and rule of law. "
Choy, a photographer for El Comercio newspaper was shot dead outside his home in Lima.
His killing is recorded in the dedicated webpage, UNESCO Condemns the Killing of Journalists.
Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org, +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12
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…”