Press release

Director-General condemns killing of photographer Aye Kyaw in Myanmar

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has denounced the death in detention of photographer and activist Aye Kyaw in Myanmar on 30 July in the city of Sagaing.
I condemn the killing of Aye Kyaw. It is the duty of the State to protect the media and I call to investigate the circumstances of Aye Kyaw’s death and bring those responsible to justice without delay.
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay UNESCO Director-General

Aye Kyaw, the owner of the Sagaing city Harman Photography studio and a member of the Upper Myanmar Photography Association, documented protests and opposition activities. He was arrested when a police convoy arrived at his house looking for weapons, although none were found. Aye Kyaw died in police custody some ten hours later.

In September 2020, UNESCO released a report on Safety of Journalists Covering Protests – Preserving Freedom of the Press During Times of Civil Unrest, sounding the alarm regarding the global surge in attacks against journalists covering protests.

UNESCO promotes the safety of journalists through global awareness-raising, capacity building and by coordinating the implementation of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.


See also: UNESCO observatory of killed journalists

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