DIRECTOR-GENERAL VOICES GRAVE
CONCERN AT MURDER OF GEORGIAN JOURNALIST
Paris, August 2 (No.2001-84) -
UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today expressed grave concern about
news of the killing of Georgian journalist Georgi Sanaia, who was found dead in
his home late on Thursday, July 26, after he had been shot once in the head at
Mr Matsuura declared today: “Words
are not strong enough to condemn the murder of yet another journalist this year.
This new tragedy further highlights the imperative need to protect media
professionals and bring the perpetrators of these heinous acts to justice
The identity of the killers of
Mr Sanaia, a news presenter at the independent television station Rustavi-2, and
the motive for the murder have not been determined. Colleagues firmly believe
that the killing was connected to his professional activities.
As most professional media
organizations have done over the last few years, and in line with a resolution
voted unanimously by UNESCO’s General Conference in 1997, the Director-General
called on all Member States to take all necessary measures urgently to prevent
such crimes, to investigate them and punish their perpetrators.