The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today urged the authorities to investigate the assassination of Salvador Adame Pardo, broadcaster and executive director of Canal6 Media TV in the state of Michoacán, in Mexico.
“I condemn the murder of Salvador Adame Pardo,” said the Director-General. “I call on the authorities to investigate the broadcaster’s abduction and killing. Impunity cannot be allowed to embolden those who use violence to prevent journalists from carrying out their work.”
The public prosecutor of the state of Michoacán announced on 26 June that the remains of Adame Pardo had been identified. The broadcaster had been missing since 18 June, when armed men abducted him in the town of Múgica.
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…”