UNESCO chief condemns killing of Mexican journalist Amado Ramirez

13 April 2007

The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the killing of Amado Ramirez, the Acapulco correspondent of Mexico’s Televisa broadcasting network who was shot in the back earlier this month.

The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the killing of Amado Ramirez, the Acapulco correspondent of Mexico’s Televisa broadcasting network who was shot in the back earlier this month.

“I condemn the cowardly murder of Amado Ramirez,” Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said, voicing his expectation that Mexico’s authorities “will do all they can to protect journalists who are in the frontline of the war for human rights and rule and law.”

Mr. Ramirez was shot three times in the back by unknown gunmen on 8 April. There have been 12 other reports of similar execution-style assassinations throughout Mexico recently. According to the International Federation of Journalists, eight reporters were killed in a wave of violence against investigative journalism in Mexico last year.

 

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