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Director-General condemns murder of Dagestani journalist Malik Akhmedilov

17-08-2009 (Paris)
Director-General condemns murder of Dagestani journalist Malik Akhmedilov
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Dagestani journalist Malik Akhmedilov, who was found dead on 11 August in the Dagestan capital, Makhachkala, of the Russian Federation.
“I condemn the murder of journalist Malik Akhmedilov,” declared the Director-General. “Enabling journalists to carry out their work in reasonable conditions of safety and letting them contribute to public debate are two essential conditions to improve peace and stability in the Caucasus. For this reason, I trust the authorities will spare no effort in seeking to bring the culprits of this crime to justice.”

Malik Akhmedilov was a sub-editor of the local Avar-language newspaper Khakikat. Several other journalists are reported to have been killed in Dagestan in recent years: Abdoullah Alichaïev, of the locale television channel TV-Chirkei, was shot dead in September 2008; six months after his colleague Gadji Abachilov. Magomedzagid Varisov, a reporter for the Novoye Delo weekly, was killed in June 2005.

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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