Director-General condemns murder of journalist João Miranda do Carmo in Brazil
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today called for an investigation into the killing of journalist João Miranda do Carmo in the Brazilian state of Goiás on 24 July.
“I condemn the murder of João Miranda do Carmo,” said the Director-General. “It is important that the authorities investigate this killing and bring its perpetrators to justice. Impunity for crimes against journalists threatens media workers’ ability to do their work and the public’s access to independent and diverse sources of information.”
João Miranda do Carmo who ran a local news website, SAD Sem Censura, was shot outside his home in the town of Santo Antônio do Descoberto.
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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