Director-General condemns murder of Venezuelan columnist Wilfred Iván Ojeda
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today condemned the murder of Venezuelan newspaper columnist Wilfred Iván Ojeda, shot dead in the city of La Victoria on 17 May.
“I condemn the murder of Wilfred Iván Ojeda,” the Director-General said. “I urge the authorities to investigate this crime which affects society’s ability to enjoy the basic human right of freedom of expression and the democratic right to engage in open political debate.”
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reports that the 56-year-old columnist of the El Clarín daily and Democratic Action party activist was discovered in a vacant lot, shot in the head.
Ojeda’s columns focused on local politics and were not considered harsh, according to local journalists.
According to the CPJ, three journalists have been killed for their work in Venezuela since 2002: Orel Sambrano, Jorge Aguirre, and Jorge Ibraín Tortoza Cruz. Three other journalists are reported to have been killed in the country over the same period: Pierre Fould Gerges, Jesús Rafael Flores Rojas, and Mauro Marcano. But the motives for their killing are still the subject of investigation by the CPJ.