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Director-General condemns murder of Thai journalist Jaruek Rangcharoen

13-10-2008 (Paris)
Director-General condemns murder of Thai journalist Jaruek Rangcharoen
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, condemned the killing of Jaruek Rangcharoen, a Thai journalist who was shot dead in the province of Suphan Buri in the centre of Thailand.
“I condemn the killing of Jaruek Rangcharoen,” declared the Director-General. “Crimes against journalists undermine society as a whole, as the basic human right of freedom of expression and press freedom, its corollary, are essential for democracy and rule of law. It is important for the future of press freedom in Thailand that the perpetrators of this reprehensible crime be brought to justice. I commend the authorities for the speedy launch of an investigation of this case.”

Jaruek Rangcharoen, 46, reported on corruption for the Matichon newspaper. He was shot in the head several times while shopping for food on his way home on 27 September.

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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