UN official urges probe into death of Bolivian news agency director

28 April 2011

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today deplored the death of Bolivian news agency director David Niño de Guzmán and called for an investigation into his death.

The 42-year-old joined Agencia de Noticias Fides as a reporter in 2006 and became news director in March 2010. He was found dead on 21 April in La Paz’s Restamanis neighbourhood, two days after he had been reported missing.

He was killed by an explosive device, according to the non-governmental group Committee to Protect Journalists.

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, urged the Bolivian authorities to thoroughly investigate the “brutal” death of Mr. Niño de Guzmán.

“Bringing to light the circumstances, and punishing those responsible, sends an important signal that freedom of expression is an inviolable right, and that the existence of a diverse and independent media is vital for informed public debate,” she stated in a news release issued by the Paris-based agency.

 

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