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

 

UNESCO Condemns Russian Reporter's Murder

UNESCO Chiefs Adds Voice To Condemnation Of Murder Of Russian Reporter

The head of the United Nations body mandated to defend freedom of the press added his voice today to the chorus of condemnations over the killing of the well-known Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, whose recent reporting had focused primarily on Chechnya.

“It is essential that Ms. Politkovskaya’s murderers receive sentences commensurate with the gravity of their actions to prevent the sense that the killing of journalists can be tolerated with impunity,” UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a statement.

“In view of this serious concern, I welcome the fact the (Russian) Prosecutor General is pursuing this painful case,” he added, calling Ms. Politkovskaya’s murder “a great loss to her profession, to her country and to the international community as a whole.

“Through her articles in Novaya Gazeta, Ms. Politkovskaya defended freedom of expression in Russia, a freedom that is a fundamental human right and a cornerstone of democracy,” he said.

Yesterday Secretary-General Kofi Annan and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour strongly condemned the murder of the 48-year-old reporter, who was found shot dead on Saturday in a lift in her Moscow block of flats.

Ms. Politkovskaya addressed a seminar organized by UNESCO in Manila, the Philippines, to celebrate World Press Freedom Day in 2002 and contributed to other UNESCO conferences.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), she is the third journalist to be murdered in the Russian Federation this year.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 



UN: Bachelet Calls On Mexico To Step Up Efforts As Tragic Milestone Reached Of More Than 100,000 Disappearances

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday called on the Mexican authorities to step up efforts to ensure truth and justice for victims of disappearances, who now number more than 100,000, according to official data... More>>


ADC: Statement On The Assassination Of Shireen Abu Akleh

Early this morning in Jenin, Occupied Palestine, revered Palestinian voice Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian American journalist for Al Jazeera, was assassinated by Israeli Occupation Forces snipers...
More>>



Ukraine: UN Rights Office Probe Spotlights Harrowing Plight Of Civilians

Almost 76 days since Russia invaded Ukraine, countless civilians remain caught up in the horror and destruction of war, UN rights investigators said on Tuesday... More>>



Access Now: Elon Musk’s Twitter Buyout Must Not Come At The Expense Of Human Rights

Following today’s announcement that Elon Musk will acquire complete ownership of Twitter in a cash sale of around 44 billion USD, pending shareholder approval, Access Now urges Twitter’s Board, employees, and shareholders... More>>



UN: Biodiversity And Ecosystem Protection Highlighted On Mother Earth Day

Marking International Mother Earth Day, UN General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid urged on Friday, for collective action to safeguard biodiversity and protect ecosystems... More>>

Ukraine: Hundreds More Reach Safety After Fleeing Besieged Mariupol
In Ukraine, humanitarians said on Wednesday that hundreds of people have managed to reach safety after fleeing Mariupol, where there’s also been condemnation for the killing of Lithuanian filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravicius... More>>