16.08.2016 - UNESCOPRESS

Director-General condemns killing of journalist Widad Hussein Ali in Iraqi Kurdistan

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today urged an investigation into the killing of Widad Hussein Ali, a freelance news journalist, in Iraqi Kurdistan on 13 August.

“I condemn the murder of Widad Hussein Ali,” the Director-General said. “I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to trial so as to protect freedom of expression and freedom of information in the region.”

Unidentified armed individuals abducted Widad Hussein Ali in Dohuk city and he was found dead by a roadside a few hours later. Ali was a freelance journalist. He notably reported for the Roj News website.

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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