Director-General urges investigation into the murder of community radio owner Jairo de Oliveira Silva in Brazil
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today condemned the killing of community radio owner Jairo de Oliveira Silva in the Brazilian city of Salvador de Bahia.
“I condemn the murder of Jairo de Oliveira Silva,” said the Director-General. “I call on the authorities to investigate this case and bring its culprits to trial. Impunity for crimes against journalists must not be allowed to embolden those who use violence to muzzle freedom of expression and restrict society’s right to be informed.”
Jairo de Oliveira Silva, who owned and worked at community radio Vorgel FM, was shot in his home on 16 October.
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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