Irina Bokova Condemns Murder of Journalist in Mexico

Stop killing journalists. Photo: UNESCO
Stop killing journalists. Photo: UNESCO

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, denounced Tuesday the killing of journalist Miroslava Breach Velducea in the capital of northern Mexican state Chihuahua on 23 March 2017.

“I condemn the murder of Miroslava Breach Velducea,” said the Director-General. “The use of violence to silence reporting is unacceptable. Fear and hostility are tools of those who wish to curb freedom of expression. Journalists are at the forefront of defending the universal fundamental rights that benefit society, as a whole. The perpetrator of this crime should not remain unpunished.”

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Miroslava Breach Velducea, a Chihuahua-based reporter for the national newspaper La Jornada, was shot while leaving her home in her car. She died of her injuries on the way to hospital.

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.

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom.

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