UNESCO Director-General deplores murder of Iraqi journalist Bashar al-Nuaimi
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova today denounced the murder of Iraqi television journalist Bashar al-Nuaimi, who was gunned down in Mosul, in northern Iraq on 24 October.
“I deplore the murder of Bashar al-Nuaimi” said Irina Bokova. “He is the third media profession to lose his life in Iraq during the month of October. This situation is very alarming. Media professionals must be able to carry out their professional duties without fearing for their lives. I count on the authorities to do everything in their power to ensure that these crimes do not go unpunished.”
Bashar al-Nuaimi worked for the Al-Mousilya television channel. According to the Committee for the Protection of Journalists, the channel regularly broadcast reports on local affairs. Bashar Al-Nuaimi was killed by unidentified attackers on 24 October near his home in the Al-Nabi Sheet neighbourhood of Mosul.
He is the fourth Iraqi journalist whose murder has been condemned by UNESCO this year, and is remembered on the dedicated web page “UNESCO Condemns Killing of Journalists”.
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