Director-General Condemns Killing of Journalist Jacques RocheThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Haitian journalist Jacques Roche, whose body was found July 14 in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Mr Roche, cultural editor with the daily Le Matin, was reported kidnapped on July 10.
“I condemn the abduction and murder of Jacques Roche,” Mr Matsuura said. “He is a victim of the violence that continues to plague the Haitian capital. His murder was not directly linked to his professional activities, but the press is one of the sectors most at risk in this climate of terror. Journalists in Haiti have been threatened and attacked, and are forced to limit their movements due to the pervasive lawlessness. A free and independent press, which is an essential component of a democratic society, cannot exist in such conditions. I trust that the government of Haiti will play its part in restoring order and the rule of law.”
|Source||Press Release No.2005-89|
Arabic | Russian
|Publication Date||18 Jul 2005|