Director-General condemns killing of Iraqi television reporter Rafed Al RubaiiThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the shooting by unknown gunmen of Iraqi television reporter Rafed Al Rubaii as he was covering a demonstration in Diyala, east of Baghdad on August 27. The Director-General reiterated his call for measures to be taken to improve the safety of journalists in Iraq.
“I condemn the killing of Rafed Al Rubaii,” the Director-General said. “Mr Al Rubaii, like all too many journalists in Iraq, has paid with his life for the indomitable determination of media professionals to continue informing the public at home and abroad about events in his country. The price paid by the profession to carry out their work, which is indispensable for democracy and rule of law, is unacceptably high. I can but pay tribute to their courage and exhort, once again, all those in position of authority in Iraq to spare no means in seeking to improve the working conditions of media workers in the country.”
|Source||Press Release N°2005-100|
Arabic | Russian
|Publication Date||02 Sep 2005|