05.07.2016 - UNESCOPRESS

Director-General condemns the killing of photojournalist Michael Tshele in South Africa

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has condemned the shooting of photographer Michael Tshele in South Africa’s North West province.

“I condemn the killing of Michael Tshele,” said the Director-General. “Journalists and media workers must never be made to pay with their lives for carrying out their professional obligations which serve society as a whole,” Ms Bokova added.

Freelance photojournalist Michael Tshele was killed while covering demonstrations in the town of Mothutlung on 13 January 2014.

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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