Director-General condemns killing of journalist Salvador Olmos García in Mexico
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today denounced the killing of radio journalist Salvador Olmos García in the municipality of Huajuapan de León in the Mexican state of Oaxaca on Sunday, 26 June.
“I condemn the killing of Salvador Olmos García,” the Director-General said. “Community radio stations provide an invaluable service to the public by covering local issues. Violence against the media is unacceptable and I call for effective action to ensure that the perpetrators of this crime are brought to justice.”
Olmos hosted Pitaya Negra, a programme on the local community radio station Tu un Ñuu Savi. There is no information to date about the context or possible perpetrators of the murder.
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.
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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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