» Director-General deplores death of Russian photojournalist Andrei Stenin
04.09.2014 - UNESCOPRESS

Director-General deplores death of Russian photojournalist Andrei Stenin

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today expressed consternation over the death of Russian journalist Andrei Stenin whose body, found in the region of Donetsk in late August, has now been identified.

“I deplore the death of journalist Andrei Stenin who was killed while carrying out his professional duties,” the Director-General said. “I call on all parties to recognize the civilian status of journalists so as to ensure that they can carry out their work in reasonably safe conditions. It is essential that the circumstances of this death be investigated and its perpetrators be brought to trial.”

Andrei Stenin, who had been missing since 5 August, was killed when a convoy of ten civilian vehicles he was travelling with was shelled near Donetsk. The experienced war photographer had been reporting from Ukraine since the middle of May for the Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya. His identity was established through genetic analysis.

The Director-General issues statements on the killing of media professionals 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.

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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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