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Director-General condemns murder of Mexican journalist Eliseo Barrón Hernández

04-06-2009 (Paris)
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koďchiro Matsuura, today condemned the kidnapping and murder at Gomez Palacio (in Durango, Mexico) of the Mexican journalist Eliseo Barrón Hernández.
“I condemn the murder of Eliseo Barrón,” the Director-General declared. “I trust that the Mexican authorities, both local and Federal, will do everything to elucidate this crime, the latest in a long list of attacks on journalists in this country. Letting such attacks go unpunished only encourages more crime.”

Eliseo Barrón Hernández wrote for La Opinión de Torreón for 11 years. His last published article looked at local police corruption. Another journalist, Carlos Ortega Melo Samper, was assassinated in the same State on 3 May this year.

Eliseo Barrón Hernández was abducted from his home at Gomez Palacio, on 25 May in the presence of his wife and children. His body was found a few hours later in an irrigation canal nearby.

According to the International Federation of Journalists, 49 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000, four of them since the start of 2009.

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 the Organization is requested 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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