13.10.2016 - UNESCOPRESS

Director-General condemns murder of TV journalist Felipe David Munguía Jiménez in Guatemala

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has called for an investigation into the killing of television cameraman Felipe David Munguía Jiménez,in the city of Santa María Xalapán in the east of Guatemala.

“I condemn the murder of Felipe David Munguía Jiménez,” the Director-General said. “I trust the authorities will investigate this crime. This is essential to deter violence against media professionals whose contribution to informed public debate is invaluable.”

Munguía Jiménez, a cameraman for Canal 21 television, was shot on Sunday 4 September minutes after leaving a community meeting.

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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