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30.08.2016 - UNESCOPRESS

Director-General condemns killing of media worker Ali Ghani in Iraq

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today denounced the killing of broadcast technician Ali Ghani in Iraq.

I condemn the killing of Ali Gjhani,” said the Director-General. “The safety of the media must be protected and I call on all concerned to respect their civilian status in times of war, in keeping with the Geneva Conventions.”


Mortar fire killed Ali Ghani, a broadcast technician of Iraqi satellite channel Al-Ahad TV while his team was reporting from Jaziret al-Khalideya, in Iraq's Anbar province, on August 20.


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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