29.09.2016 - UNESCOPRESS

Director-General condemns murder of journalist Abdiaziz Mohamed Ali in Somalia

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has urged an investigation into the killing of radio journalist Abdiaziz Mohamed Ali in Mogadishu.

“I condemn the murder of Abdiaziz Mohamed Ali,” the Director-General said. “Attacks on journalists pose an intolerable threat both to freedom of expression and to the free flow of information. It is vital that the authorities investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice.”

Abdiaziz Mohamed Ali, a news presenter on Radio Shabelle, was shot by unknown assailants in Mogadishu on 27 September.

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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