Director-General deplores killing in Iraq of Reuters sound engineer Waleed KhaledThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura today deplored the killing of Reuters sound engineer Waleed Khaled, in Baghdad on August 28, and the injuries inflicted on his colleague Haider Kadhem. He called on all the forces present in the country to exercise vigilance to protect journalists in the exercise of their profession.
“I deplore the killing of Waleed Khaled and the injuries inflicted on his colleague, cameraman Haider Kadhem,” the Director-General said. “Despite the tense security situation in Iraq, it is paramount that all those willing to help establish democracy in Iraq be mindful of the right of the media to exercise their profession freely. I trust that the ongoing U.S. investigation will explain the circumstances of events fully and pave the way for improvements in the future. This is essential as the ability of the press to report freely on the situation in Iraq plays a key role in the future success of the democratic reconstruction of the country,” Mr Matsuura added.
|Source||Press Release N°2005-98|
Arabic | Russian
|Publication Date||31 Aug 2005|