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Director-General calls for investigation into death in jail of Cameroun journalist Ngota Ngota Germain

29-04-2010 (Paris)
Director-General calls for investigation into death in jail of Cameroun journalist Ngota Ngota Germain
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today voiced grave concern about the death in detention of Ngota Ngota Germain, editor of the weekly Cameroun Express, and asked that a full investigation be conducted into the circumstances of his death.
“I am grieved by the death of Ngota Ngota Germain,” said the Director-General. “The detention and death of journalists represents a loss for any society; the loss of a pair of eyes and of a voice that can inform the public about issues that concern us all. I trust that the authorities will do all they can to shed light on this tragic death and on the conditions of Ngota Ngota Germain’s detention,” Ms Bokova concluded.

Held in detention in Kondengui jail in Yaoundé for nearly two months, Mr Germain suffered from asthma and high blood pressure, according to Reporters Without Borders.

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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