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UNESCO Director-General calls for investigation into killing of journalist Jorge Torres Palacios, in Mexico

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today voiced deep concern over the killing of journalist Jorge Torres Palacios, whose body was found on 2 June in the city of Acapulco, in the State of Guerrero.

“I condemn the murder of Jorge Torres Palacios,” the Director-General said, adding: “I urge the authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice. They must send a clear message to criminals that using violence to intimidate and kill journalists so as to silence informed debate within civil society will not be tolerated.”

Jorge Torres Palacios, a veteran reporter who wrote for the Dictamen de Guerrero website, was kidnapped three days before his body was found.  He had reportedly been tortured before he was killed.

Torres is the second media worker in Mexico whose killing the Director-General has condemned since January 2014. Her statements on these cases can be found on the 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…”