Director-General condemns killing of broadcast journalist Sagal Salad Osman in Somalia
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today denounced the murder of Somali broadcast journalist Sagal Salad Osman on 5 June.
“I condemn the murder of Sagal Salad Osman,” the Director-General said. “Violence is never acceptable. It is particularly tragic when used to silence a young woman blazing a trail for all others by exercising an essential profession in a difficult environment.”
Sagal Osman, a broadcaster for state-run Somali National Television and Radio Mogadishu, was shot on 5 June in the west of the capital Mogadishu.
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, UNES
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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