22.06.2016 - UNESCOPRESS

Director-General condemns killing of journalist Jay Torres in Texas, USA

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today called for an investigation into the killing of Jacinto Hernández Torres, also known as Jay Torres, a Spanish-language journalist in Texas.

“I condemn the murder of Jacinto Hernández Torres,” the Director-General said. “I call on the authorities to investigate this killing and its motives so that those responsible for it be brought to trial.”

The dead body of Jay Torres, a contributor to La Estrella, a Fort Worth Spanish-language weekly, was found on Monday 13 June in Garland, in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.

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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