UNESCO’s Director-General denounces killing of 22 year-old journalist
Nov 14: The Director-General of UNESCO,Irina Bokova, today has denounced the killing of a twenty-two-year-old journalist Fernando Raymondi Uribe on 9 November in San Vicente de Cañete, Peru.
“I condemn the murder of Fernando Raymondi Uribe,”she said, before adding that his killing is a loss for society as a whole. “I trust that a thorough investigation will allow the authorities to bring those responsible for this crime to trial, in order to ensure justice and to deter those who think they can use violence to limit the public’s access to information.”
Uribe was shot by two gunmen at his father’s grocery shop in San Vicente de Cañete, a town south of Lima. While still a student of journalism at the University of Lima, Uribe had been working for the Peruvian weekly Caretas.
Meanwhile, UNESCO has also launched its report on the saftey of Journalists titled:’The Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity: Report by the Director-General’ and will be presented on the 29th session of the IPDC Council, on 20-21 November 2014 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
This report looks at The killings of journalists condemned by the Director-General in the 24 months prior to its publication year,comparisons of the numbers of journalists killed to previous years and analyses of trends,the status of the judicial inquiries for the reported period,updates on investigations into killings committed since 1 January 2006, providing a timeline of individual inquiries and information provided by countries on actions they have taken to prevent impunity.
Furthermore as per the information we have recieved, this biennial UNESCO report which states that, over 700 journalists have been killed in the past decade for doing their job, can be used to encourage governments to promote a safer environment for journalists and combat impunity for crimes against them – and hold them accountable if they don’t keep their promises.
The Oslo Times