In the past decade, more than 1000 media professionals have been killed in the exercise of their profession. There is a worrying tendency of increased political pressure in many countries. UNESCO promotes freedom of the press as a basic human right.
Director-General condemns murder of Pakistani journalist Abdus Samad Chishti Mujahid
UNESCO’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura condemned today the murder of Pakistani journalist Abdus Samad Chishti Mujahid, photographer and columnist for the weekly “Akhbar-e-Jehan”, who was gunned down on 9 February in Quetta, the province of Baluchistan’s capital.Director-General condemns murder of Iraqi journalist Hisham Mijawet Hamdan
Koïchiro Matsuura condemned the murder of Iraqi journalist, Hisham Mijawet Hamdan, who was kidnapped on 10 February and subsequently tortured and executed in Baghdad.
UNESCO’s Director-General condemned today the murder of Nepalese journalist Pushkar Bahadur Shrestha, killed on 12 January 2008 near the southern city of Birgunj.