Director-General deplores murder of Somali journalist Mohamed Mohamud
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova today denounced the murder of Somali television journalist Mohamed Mohamud, who was gunned down by unknown attackers on 26 October.
“I deplore the murder of Mohamed Mohamud,” declared the Director-General. “His name joins the long list of Somali media professionals who have paid with their lives to defend the right to information. Such acts must not remain unpunished. Freedom of expression is the cornerstone of democratic society. I call on the authorities to do everything possible to ensure that journalists can work in the safest possible conditions.”
Mohamed Mohamud, 26, was also known as Tima’ade. He worked Universal TV, a private television channel based in the United Kingdom that serves the Somali diaspora. He was shot six times by unknown assailants near his home in the district of Wadajir, in the capital, Mogadishu.
Mohamoud is the 6th Somali journalist whose death has been condemned by UNESCO this year, and is remembered on a dedicated webpage “UNESCO Condemns Killing of Journalists”.
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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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