Director-General condemns murder of two Mexican journalists
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, condemned today the murders of two Mexican journalists: Marco Aurelio Martínez Tijerina, radio journalist for the regional station XEDD Radio La Tremenda, found dead on 10 July in Montemorelos in Nuevo Leon state; and Guillermo Alcaraz Trejo, former cameraman and employee of the Chihuahua State Commission for Human Rights, shot to death in the city of Chihuahua on 10 July.
"I condemn the murders of Marco Aurelio Martínez Tijerina and Guillermo Alcaraz Trejo," said the Director-General. "Their fate underlines the danger media professionals face every day so that freedom of expression, a fundamental human right, may be exercised. I am counting on the Mexican authorities to ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes are brought to justice."
According to the non-governmental organization Reporters without Borders (RSF), Marco Aurelio Martínez Tijerina, 45, presenter of the radio show "Informativo 800" at XEDD Radio La Tremenda, was abducted in the street on 9 July by armed men in three vehicles. His body was found the next day after authorities received an anonymous call. He had been shot in the head and apparently tortured, investigators said. Formerly the news director for XERN Radio Naranjera 950 AM, he was also a correspondent for TV Azteca, Grupo Multimedios and W Radio.
Guillermo Alcaraz Trejo, former camera operator for several media, worked in the video division of the Chihuahua State Commission for Human Rights. As he was coming out of the Omnia magazine offices, masked men opened fire on him.
Ten journalists have been murdered in Mexico this year counting these latest killings, according to Reporters without Borders.
UNESCO is the only 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 purpose the Organization is required 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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