13.06.2016 - UNESCOPRESS

Director-General condemns murder of journalist Víctor Hugo Valdez Cardona in Guatemala

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has denounced the killing of broadcast journalist Víctor Hugo Valdez Cardona in Guatemala.

“I condemn the killing of Víctor Hugo Valdez Cardona,” said the Director-General. “I trust that the Guatemalan authorities will be able to bring to trial those responsible for this crime, which undermines the ability of journalists to contribute to informed public debate.”

Valdez Cardona, whose programmes covered cultural subjects and local news, was shot on 7 June while walking with his grandson in the town of Chiquimula in the east of the country.

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…”


<- Back to: All news