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UNESCO Director-General condemns the murder of a Rwandan journalist

07-07-2010 (Paris)
UNESCO Director-General condemns the murder of a Rwandan journalist
Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, condemned the murder of Jean-Léonard Rugambage, deputy editor-in-chief of the Rwandan fortnightly Umuvugizi, who was killed in front of his house in Kigali (Rwanda) on 24 June.
“I condemn the murder of Jean-Léonard Rugambage,” declared the Director-General. “This odious crime,” Irina Bokova added, “is an attack on that fundamental right, the freedom of the press. I call on the authorities of the country to do everything in their power to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

Jean-Léonard Rugambage, also known as “Sheriff”, was shot dead with four bullets at point blank range by unidentified criminals on the evening of 24 June when he was standing in front of his house in Nyamirambo district in Kigali.

Jean-Léonard Rugambage was deputy editor-in-chief of the Rwandan fortnightly Umuvugizi and was also Rwanda's correspondent for Journaliste en Danger (Journalists in Danger - JED), an NGO based in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo).

UNESCO is the only United Nations agency whose mission consists in defending the freedom of expression and the freedom of the press. By virtue of Article I of its Constitution, the Organization is called upon “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.” To this end, it “collaborates in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommends such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image.”
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