Director-General condemns murder of reporter Yaqoub Sharafat in Afghanistan
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today called for an investigation into the killing of local broadcaster Yaqoub Sharafat in the city of Qalat in the south of Afghanistan.
“I condemn the murder of Yaqoub Sharafat,” the Director-General said, “and I call on the authorities to investigate this crime. Violence against media workers undermines freedom of expression and press freedom, challenging democracy and rule of law.”
Sharafat, a reporter for public broadcaster Radio Television Afghanistan, was shot by unknown assailants on 16 October.
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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