Press release

Director-General urges investigation into the killing of journalist Hashibur Rahaman Rubel in Bangladesh

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has condemned the murder of journalist Hashibur Rahaman Rubel, whose dead body was found in a river in Kushtia District, Bangladesh, on 7 July.
I condemn the killing of Hashibur Rahaman Rubel and call on the authorities to investigate this crime to ensure that those responsible for it face justice. It is essential for democracy and rule of law that impunity for such crimes is not allowed to prevail. Fact-based investigative journalism is a key to freedom of information for all, which is why society needs to protect journalists and enable them to carry out their work unhindered.
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay UNESCO Director-General

Rubel was acting director of the privately owned Kushtiar Khabar newspaper and editor of the privately owned news website. Focusing on politics, crime and social issues, he also worked for another private newspaper, Amader Notun Shomoy. He had been missing since 3 July.

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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