Director-General condemns murder of Somali journalist Duniya Muhiyadin NurThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of Somali radio journalist Duniya Muhiyadin Nur, and called on improved safety for journalists working in Somalia.
“I condemn the killing of Duniya Muhiyadin Nur,” the Director-General said. “The killing of Ms Nur who was merely doing her job as a reporter, highlights the importance of press freedom to social debate, good governance and rule of law. I am concerned that those in positions of power in Somalia should respect the right of journalists to carry out their professional duties as an essential element in constructing a better future for their country.”
Ms Nur was shot on June 5 while covering a protest by bus and truck drivers near Mogadishu against the growing number of military roadblocks in the region. The 26-year-old reporter for radio HornAfrik is the second journalist to be killed in the country this year, according to the press freedom organization, Reporters Without Borders. The NGO recalls that BBC reporter Kate Peyton was killed in Mogadishu in February.
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…”