Director-General deplores killing of Dagestan magazine editor Yakhya Magomedov
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today deplored the murder in Dagestan of Yakhya Magomedov, editor of the Avar-language version of As-Salam magazine on 8 May.
“The news of Yakhya Magomedov’s killing is troubling,” the Director-General said. “The death of a journalist in violent and unexplained circumstances is always a setback for freedom of expression and freedom of the press. I deplore this killing and call on the authorities to investigate this murder and bring those responsible for it to justice.”
According to Reporters Without Borders, Yakhya Magomedov was shot four times as he left the home of his brother, a police officer, near the northern city of Khasavyurt.
Published in Russian and six Caucasian languages and distributed by volunteers, As-Salam magazine deals above all with religious beliefs and practices and has a print run of 90,000 copies. It is published by an organization called the Spiritual Leadership of the Muslims in Dagestan.