UNESCO Director-General condemns killing of Iraqi cameraman Saleh Ibrahim and calls for improved safetyUNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the killing of Iraqi cameraman Saleh Ibrahim in an attack in Mosul, which also left Iraqi photographer Mohammed Ibrahim seriously injured. Both worked for the Associated Press (AP) news agency. The Director-General went on to call for measures to improve the safety of journalists in Iraq.
“I condemn the killers of Saleh Ibrahim,” Mr Matsuura said. “Journalists working in Iraq have shown impressive courage in carrying out their professional duty to collect and disseminate information. The number of media workers killed, injured or kidnapped while doing their work in the country is shocking. I call on the authorities and on all the warring factions in Iraq to respect the safety of journalists. The public’s right to continue receiving information is crucial for the exercise of their democratic rights,” he concluded.
|Source||Press Release N°2005-48|
|Publication Date||26 Apr 2005|