The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has reiterated her call for the safety for journalists in Syria to be improved, following the killing of Iranian reporter Mohsen Khazaei in the city of Aleppo.
“I condemn the killing of Mohsen Khazaei,” Ms Bokova declared. “Journalists provide us with essential information and we need them to be protected, in keeping with the provisions of the Geneva Conventions.”
Mohsen Khazaei, a reporter for the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting News Agency, was killed in Aleppo, Syria, on 12 November.
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…”