Philippines: UNESCO chief deplores murder of journalist

Philippines: UNESCO chief deplores murder of journalist

Condemning the murder of Filipino radio journalist Fernando Lintuan, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today underscored that freedom of expression is crucial for democracy.

Condemning the murder of Filipino radio journalist Fernando Lintuan, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today underscored that freedom of expression is crucial for democracy.

Mr. Lintuan, known for his criticism of corruption, was shot at close range in Davao, on Mindanao Island, on 24 December 2007 while on his way home from the local radio station dxGO.

“It is essential for democracy and rule of law, that journalists be able to exercise their profession without fearing for their lives,” said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. “This is the case not only because we must respect the fundamental human right of freedom of expression, but because of the media’s essential role in democratic debate.”

Mr. Lintuan, 51, is the fifth journalist killed in the Philippines last year, according to the International Federation of Journalists.