Director-General condemns the killing of Gambian journalist Deyda HydaraUNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the killing on December 16 of Deyda Hydara, managing editor and co-owner of Gambia’ independent newspaper The Point, saluting his longstanding commitment in favour of freedom of the press.
“I condemn the killing of Deyda Hydara,” the Director-General declared, “I trust that the Gambian authorities inquiry will lead to the trial of the perpetrators of this cowardly crime against a champion of press freedom and against democracy itself.”
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 purpose the Organization is required 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…”
|Source||Press Release No.2004-123|
|Publication Date||21 Dec 2004|