31.08.2015 - UNESCOPRESS

Director-General denounces killing of Philippines journalist Teodoro Escanilla

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, condemned the murder of Teodoro Escanilla, a journalist in the Philippines.

“I condemn the murder of Teodoro Escanilla,” the Director-General said. "I urge the authorities to bring the perpeterators of this attack on freedom of expression to justice.”

Teodoro Escanilla was killed on 19 August in the town of Barcelona, southeast of the Philippines capital, Manila, where he was a reporter for DZMS Radio. He was also spokesperson for the local human rights group Karapatan, and the chair of the local chapter of the Anakpawis political party.

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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