» Director-General condemns shooting of Salvadoran cameraman Alfredo Antonio Hurtado
29.04.2011 - UNESCOPRESS

Director-General condemns shooting of Salvadoran cameraman Alfredo Antonio Hurtado

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today condemned the murder of news cameraman Alfredo Antonio Hurtado in San Salvador on 25 April.

“The killing of journalists constitutes an attempt to muzzle freedom of expression and access to information. These murders are thus an attack on the whole of society” the Director-General said. “On the eve of the 2011 World Press Freedom Day, which will be celebrated worldwide on 3 May, we must send out a clear and unswerving message that such crimes will not be tolerated.

“I condemn the murder of Alfredo Antonio Hurtado and trust the authorities of El Salvador will spare no effort in finding those responsible and bringing them to justice.”            

Alfredo Antonio Hurtado, 39, was a cameraman and photo editor for the Teleprensa news programme of Canal 33 television. Unidentified gunmen shot the journalist on a bus in San Salvador as he was going to work, and then fled the scene            

While the motives for the murder of Alfredo Antonio Hurtado are still to be established, the Committee to Protect Journalists says that the cameraman may have been killed for reporting on gang violence.


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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