UNESCO chief condemns killing of journalist in Baghdad

31 August 2005

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) condemned the killing of Reuters engineer Walled Khaled in Baghdad on 28 August and the wounding of his colleague Haider Kadhem, and he urged authorities to remember that journalists should be allowed to operate 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,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a statement issued in Paris today.

“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,” he added.


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