Director-General condemns killing of photojournalist David Gilkey and his interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna in Afghanistan
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today denounced an attack in Afghanistan on 5 June that claimed the lives of photojournalist David Gilkey and his interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna.
“I condemn the attack that claimed the lives of David Gilkey and Zabihullah Tamanna,” the Director-General said. “The right of media workers to exercise their professional duties in safe conditions must be recognized in the interest of society as a whole.”
Award-winning photojournalist David Gilkey and interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna were killed on 5 June near the town of Marjah in southwestern Afghanistan. Both were on assignment for National Public Radio (NPR), the U.S. public broadcasting network.
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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