Director-General condemns murder of Nigerian journalists Nansok Sallah and Enenche Akogwu

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today deplored the killing of journalists, Nansok Sallah and Enenche Akogwu in Nigeria.

“I denounce the murder of Nansok Sallah and Enenche Akogwu” the Director-General said. “This crime constitutes a serious attack on the basic human right of freedom of expression and press freedom. I call on the Nigerian authorities to investigate these killings. Journalists must be supported in their mission to sustain informed public debate in the interest of democracy and rule of law.”

Nansok Sallah, 46, was a news editor of the government-owned radio station Highland FM. He was found dead on 18 January in the city of Jos, in central Nigeria.

Enenche Akogwu, 31, was a reporter and cameraman for the independent television stations, Channels TV. He was shot dead on 20 January the city of Kano, in northern Nigeria.

Four journalists and media workers, including Nansok Sallah and Enenche Akogwu, have been killed in Nigeria since 2009. They are listed on the dedicated website, UNESCO Condemns 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…”