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The Director-General condemns murder of Iraqi journalist Khalid Hassan

18-07-2007 (Paris)
The Director-General condemns murder of Iraqi journalist Khalid Hassan
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Like many others before him, this young Iraqi paid with his life for our right to know what is going on in his country.
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of Iraqi journalist Khalid Hassan, killed on 13 July in the southwest of Baghdad.

I condemn the murder of Khalid Hassan," declared the D i rector-General, adding: "Like many others before him, this young Iraqi paid with his life for our right to know what is going on in his country. We are appalled by the repeated killing of civilians. This blood letting is also hitting journalists carrying out a duty that is essential for the informed debate that is indispensable to democracy and rule of law. Once again, I can but call on the Iraqi and international authorities to take every possible measure to put an end of these killings."

Halid Hassan, 23, had been working for the New York Times over the past four years. He was killed on his way to work.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 110 reporters and 40 media workers have been killed in Iraq since the start of the conflict in 2003. More than eight out of ten of those killed were Iraqi nationals.

UNESCO is the only United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this purpose the Organization is required to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”
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