Director-General condemns murder of blogger Manoel Messias Pereira in Brazil
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has denounced the killing of blogger Manoel Messias Pereira in Grajaú, a town in the Brazilian state of Maranhão.
“I condemn the murder of Manoel Messias Pereira,” the Director-General said. “It is important that the perpetrators of this crime be brought to justice as part of efforts to improve the security of professional and citizen journalists alike.”
Pereira, also known as Manoel Benhur, wrote a blog on local politics for the news website sediverte.com. He was shot by unidentified gunmen while driving his motorcycle on 9 April but his death was only recently confirmed.
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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