UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, today condemned the attack that killed newspaper editor Shujaat Bukhari and his two police bodyguards in Srinagar, in India’s state of Jammu and Kashmir on 14 June.
“I condemn the murder of Shujaat Bukhari and his bodyguards,” said the Director-General. “I trust the authorities will spare no effort in seeking and prosecuting the killers who were undeterred by the presence of police in their determination to silence a journalist known as a voice of moderation.”
Shujaat Bukhari, editor of the daily Rising Kashmir newspaper, was shot by unidentified gunmen as he was leaving his office. The two unnamed police guards escorting him were also killed in the attack. Bukhari had been under police protection since an earlier attack in 2000.
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.
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