12.07.2016 - UNESCOPRESS

Director-General condemns killing of local radio journalist Winston Leonardo Cano Túnchez in Guatemala

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has denounced the murder of Leonardo Cano Túnchez in the city of Esquintla in southern Guatemala.

“I condemn the killing of Winston Leonardo Cano Túnchez,” the Director-General said. “Journalists should not have to risk their lives to bring us the news we need. I therefore urge the authorities to investigate this crime thoroughly.”

Winston Leonardo Cano Túnchez was a presenter on local radio La Jefa. He was shot on 8 April but his death has only been confirmed recently.

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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