World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Assassination Of Colombian Journalist Denounced

UNESCO Denounces Assassination Of Colombian Journalist

Warning that democracy is under fire with the continued murder of journalists, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has condemned the assassination of a Colombian radio reporter who frequently denounced corruption and the influence of drug traffickers on local politics.

Julio Palacios was shot dead Tuesday as he was heading to the Lemas radio station where he hosted a news programme in Cucuta in the northeast of Colombia.

Denouncing “this cowardly attack on freedom of expression,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura voiced the hope that the Colombian authorities would succeed in their efforts to bring the culprits to justice.

“The fact that journalists are killed because of what they write or say constitutes an intolerable attack on democracy,” Mr. Matsuura said. “I wish to pay tribute to the journalists who brave threats and intimidation to nurture open public debate, however controversial, at the risk of their lives.”

It was the latest of many condemnations he has issued over the past year in connection with attacks on journalists around the world.

In Colombia itself, national and international press freedom organizations have reported a significant decrease in the number of journalists murdered in relation to their work during 2004. But they warn that after dozens of killings over the past 20 years journalists, especially in the provinces, are resorting to self-censorship to avoid reprisals.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>


Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>


Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC