Director General condemns killing of Indian journalist, Jyotirmoy Dey
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova today condemned the murder of Indian journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, who was shot dead on the streets of Mumbai, in western India on 11 June.
"I condemn the killing of Jyotirmoy Dey," the Director-General said. "I urge the authorities to investigate this murder and bring its perpetrators to justice. This is vital if journalists are to meet their duty to serve as watchdogs reporting professionally on the work of government, civil society and business. Journalists need to be supported as they ensure that informed citizens are able to take an active part in society," Bokova added.
According to International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Jyotirmoy Dey, senior journalist and special investigations editor of daily newspaper Midday, was shot dead on 11 June 2011 as he was riding his motorcycle home in a suburb of Mumbai.
Dey was a veteran Mumbai crime reporter and had recently published articles about the city's powerful oil mafia. His killing is believed to have been brought about by his investigative reporting.
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..."