27.06.2016 - UNESCOPRESS

Director-General condemns murder of Mexican journalist Zamira Esther Bautista

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today called for an investigation into the killing of journalist Zamira Esther Bautista in Ciudad Victoria, capital of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

“I condemn the murder of Zamira Esther Bautista,” the Director-General said. “In the interest of the rule of law, and to make sure that crime is not allowed to silence the voice of independent media, I call on the authorities to investigate this case and bring its perpetrators to trial.”

Bautista, a former correspondent of local dailies La Verdad and El Mercurio, was a freelance journalist and teacher. She was shot on the morning of 20 June.

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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