» Director-General condemns killing of photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans in Libya
03.10.2016 - UNESCOPRESS

Director-General condemns killing of photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans in Libya

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today recalled the obligation of all to respect the civilian status of journalists reporting from scenes of conflict as she condemned the killing of photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans in Libya, on 2 October.

“I condemn the killing of Jeroen Oerlemans,” said the Director-General. “Targeting journalists contravenes international agreements, notably the Geneva Conventions, which prohibit violence against journalists in all circumstances.”

Jeroen Oerlemans, a veteran war photographer from the Netherlands, was killed on 2 October while covering clashes in the Libyan city of Sirte.

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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