Director-General condemns murder of journalist Marcel Lubala in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today condemned the killing of television journalist Marcel Lubala on the night of 14 to 15 November in the city of Mbuji-Mayi, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kasai-Oriental province.
“I condemn the murder of Marcel Lubala,” declared the Director-General. “Journalists must be able to do their work informing citizens without fearing for their lives. I trust the authorities will conduct a thorough investigation and that those responsible for this crime will be brought to justice.”
Lubala, aged 59, worked for the television channel RTNC MbujiMayi, part of state broadcaster Radio Télévision Nationale Congolaise (RTNC). A group of armed men killed the journalist in his home.
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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