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Director-General condemns killing of Turkish journalist Cevdet Kılıšlar in 1 June attack on flotilla sailing to Gaza

15-06-2010 (Paris)
Director-General condemns killing of Turkish journalist Cevdet K─▒l─▒├žlar in 1 June attack on flotilla sailing to Gaza
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today condemned the killing of Turkish journalist Cevdet Kılıšlar, in the Israeli military interception of the flotilla headed for Gaza on 1 June. The Director-General called for light to be shed on the events that led to the journalistĺs death and called on all the authorities concerned to respect the rights of media covering the situation in Gaza.
ôI condemn the killing of Cevdet Kılıšlar,ö said Ms Bokova. ôI trust that an inquiry that meets international requirements will shed light on the events that led to Cevdet Kılıšlarĺs death and to the injuring of Indonesian cameraman Sura Fachrizaz.ö

ôI wish Sura Fachrizaz a speedy recovery,ö the Director-General added. ôI also wish to remind all the authorities concerned of their responsibility to enable journalists to carry out their professional duties. They are obligated to do so under the terms of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which provides for freedom of expression, and other international agreements concerning the status of journalists in conflict zones.ö

ôFull freedom of expression and freedom to access information are essential if peace, democracy and rule of law are to be given a chance in Gaza,ö Ms Bokova concluded. Cevdet Kılıšlar was shot in the head during the Israeli military interception of the flotilla that was heading to Gaza on 1 June. Sura Fachrizaz sustained serious gun shot wounds during the same attack.

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 ôfurther 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.ö To realize this the Organization is requested to ôcollaborate 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 imageůö
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