02.11.2015 - UNESCOPRESS

Director-General condemns killing of Indian TV journalist Hemant Kumar Yadav

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova today called for an investigation into the killing of television journalist Hemant Kumar Yadav in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.

“I condemn the murder of Hemant Kumar Yadav,” the Director-General said. “I call on the authorities to ensure that those responsible for his killing are brought to trial.” 

Hemant Kumar Yadav, a reporter for the Hindi-language news channel TV24, was shot by unknown assailants on the evening of 3 October, in the district of Chandauli, in Uttar Pradesh. 

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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