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UNESCO Director-General condemns murder of Egyptian journalist Mayada Ashraf

UNESCO Director-General today denounced the murder of Egyptian journalist Mayada Ashraf in Cairo on 28 March.

" I deplore the murder of Mayada Ashraf, killed while carrying out her professional duty to inform the public " the Director-General said. “I count on the government to do everything possible to shed light on this crime and bring the authors to justice.  Journalists must be able to do their job without fearing for their lives. This is key for upholding the right to freedom of expression, one of the pillars of democratic society.”

Mayada Ashraf, 22, worked for Al-Dustour, an Egyptian daily. According to the Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ), she was shot in the head while covering a clash between  supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and forces of order.

Mayada Ashraf is the seventh journalist whose death has been condemned  by the Director-General since 1 January 2013.


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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