Press release

Director-General condemns killing of television cameraman Yevheniy Sakun in Ukraine

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has denounced the killing of media worker Yevheniy Sakun in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 1 March, in the bomb attack on the Kyiv TV Tower.

I condemn the killing of Yevheniy Sakun and of all the others who lost their lives in the attack on the Kyiv TV Tower. Journalists have a vital role in keeping the public informed, especially in times of conflict. I call on all parties to respect international human rights law, including United Nations Security Council Resolution 2222 (2015) on the protection of journalists, media professionals and associated personnel in situations of conflict.
Audrey Azoulay UNESCO Director-General

Yevheniy Sakun, a cameraman for Kiev Live TV channel, was among the many people killed in the attack on the tower.

UNESCO issued statements on 24 February and 3 March expressing deep concern about developments in Ukraine, including the shelling of the Kyiv TV Tower, and recalling obligations under Resolution 2222 to avoid targeting media professionals, equipment and installations.

UNESCO promotes the safety of journalists through global awareness-raising, capacity building and a range of actions, notably in the framework of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.


See also: UNESCO observatory of killed journalists

Media contact: Guilherme Canela de Souza Godoi