18.07.2012 - UNESCOPRESS

Director-General voices indignation over killing of Bangladeshi journalist Jamal Uddin

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today denounced the murder of journalist Jamal Uddin in the south-western Bangladeshi district of Jessore last month.

            “I condemn the murder Jamal Uddin,” said the Director-General. “It is essential that the authorities investigate this outrageous attack on freedom of expression and on press freedom, which is its corollary.”

            Jamal Uddin, a reporter for the Bengali-language newspaper Gramer Kagoi was stabbed and hacked to death by a group of men in a market in Sharsha on 15 June.

            According to Reporters without Borders, Uddin had been the target of death threats in connection with his reporting on the local drug trade.

          Two journalists have been killed in Bangladesh this year. They are listed in the edicated web page UNESCO Condemns Killing of Journalists.

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            Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, +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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