Director-General condemns killing of journalist Kishore Dave in Gujarat, India
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today condemned the murder of Kishore Dave in the city of Junagadh in the state of Gujarat (India).
“I condemn the murder of Kishore Dave,” said the Director-General. “I trust that legal proceedings already underway will shed full light on this crime, which undermines journalists’ ability to carry out their work and contribute to open and informed public debate.”
Kishore Dave, the Junagadh bureau chief of daily newspaper Jai Hind was murdered on August 22. His assailants are reported to have been arrested.
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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