Director-General condemns murder of journalist Anabel Flores Salazar in Mexico

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today denounced the murder of newspaper journalist Anabel Flores Salazar in the state of Puebla in Mexico.

“I condemn the murder of Anabel Flores Salazar,” said the Director-General. “This crime has deprived people of a voice that nourished informed public debate and contributed to the free flow of information. In the name of justice and in order to promote safer working conditions for journalists, I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to trial.”

Flores Salazar was a reporter for the local newspaper El Sol de Orizaba and a contributor to two other local news outlets, El Buen Tono and El Mundo de Orizaba. She was abducted from her home in the city of Orizaba, in the state of Veracruz, on 8 February, and her body was found in the neighboring state of Puebla on 9 February.

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.


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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…”