10.11.2016 - UNESCOPRESS

Director-General condemns killing of journalist Mahad Ali Mohamed in Somalia

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today deplored the killing of radio journalist Mahad Ali Mohamed in the Somali city of Galkayo on 6 November.

“I condemn the killing of Mahad Ali Mohamed,” the Director-General said. “Violence against journalists represents not only a crime against individuals but an attack on society as a whole since it undermines both people’s right to be kept informed and the universal human right that is freedom of expression.”

Mohamed, a reporter for Radio Codka Mudug, was shot in collateral damage on his way to work and died in hospital a short time later.

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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