Director-General urges investigation into murder of broadcast journalist Luka Popov in Serbia
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today denounced the killing of radio journalist Luka Popov in northern Serbia on 16 June.
“I condemn the murder of Luka Popov,” the Director-General said. “I trust the authorities will be able to bring those responsible to justice. Crime must not be allowed to curtail journalists’ invaluable contribution to informed public debate.”
Luka Popov, who worked for local radio stations in Čoka and Novi Kneževac was killed in his home in the village of Srpski Krstur.
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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