21.03.2013 - UNESCOPRESS

Director-General condemns killing of eight civilians including journalist Mohamed Ali Nuhurkey in Mogadishu

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today denounced a bomb attack in Mogadishu that claimed the lives of eight Somalis, including that of broadcaster Mohamed Ali Nuhurkey.

“I condemn this brutal attack that cost the lives of so many civilians,” the Director-General said. “Wanton violence is intolerable, and the targeting of journalists such as Mohamed Ali Nuhurkey is particularly heinous as it cripples freedom of expression and freedom of information. Providing a safe working environment for journalists must be recognized as priority in Somalia’s efforts to turn a new page after years of strife.”

Nuhurkey, 29, was a journalist for Mustaqbal Radio in Mogadishu. He was killed while waiting for a bus when an apparent suicide bomber blew up his car nearby.

Mohamed Ali Mustaqbal Nuhurkey is remembered on the dedicated web page listing all of UNESCO’s condemnations of attacks on media professionals.

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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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