30.08.2007 -

Director-General condemns killing of Somali radio journalist, calling to end attacks on the media

The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, condemned the killing of Somali journalist Abdulkadir Mahad Moallim Kaskey and called for urgent measures to halt the killing of media professionals in the country.

"I condemn the murder of Abdulkadir Mahad Moallim Kaskey," the Director-General said. "Abdulkadir Mahad Moallim Kaskey and all too many of his colleagues in Somalia have become targets for those opposed to open democratic debate. Guns must not be allowed to take the place of information, reasoning and persuasion.


"Urgent measures must be taken," Mr Matsuura added, "to stop attacks on Somali media workers."


The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) reports that Abdulkadir Mahad Moallim Kaskey, the regional correspondent of Radio Banadir in the south-western province of Gedo, died after unknown gunmen opened fire on the minibus he was riding in the village of El Ilan. According to the IFJ, this is the seventh killing of a media worker since the start of 2007.


UNESCO is the only 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 purpose the Organization is required 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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