24.11.2016 - UNESCOPRESS

Director-General condemns killing of journalist Awab Al-Zubairi in Yemen

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today urged measures to improve the safety of journalists in Yemen following the killing of photojournalist Awab Al-Zubairi on 18 November in Taiz, in Yemen.

“I condemn the killing of Awab Al-Zubairi,” the Director-General said. “The work and commitment of media workers in providing information to the public is particularly vital in times of conflict and instability. In keeping with the Geneva Conventions, it is the duty of all parties to recognize and respect the civilian status of media workers and ensure their safety in all circumstances, including in times of conflict,” Ms Bokova added.

Awab Al-Zubairi, a photographer forTaiz News Network, was fatally injured by a landmine explosion in the southern city of Taiz.

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.


Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org,  +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

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…”


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