Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Director-General condemns ferocious and systematic attacks on the media in Iraq

Read the full press release from UNESCO. (October 13, 2006.)

"The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the ferocious and systematic attacks against the media in Iraq, calling for determined action to enable journalists to carry out their work in the country. His statement was issued following the deadliest attack on a media outlet to date and several other acts of violence against and journalists and support workers. On 12 October gunmen stormed the fledgling Shaabiya satellite television station in Baghdad killing 11 people including the channel’s General Director, Abdul-Rahim Nasrallah al-Shimari, who also heads the National Justice and Progress Party, which owns the station. The channel was due to start regular broadcasts in late October."

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