UNESCO chief calls for investigation into murder of Ugandan journalist
His colleagues reported seeing him last on the evening of 16 June, when he left the offices of the newspaper to return home. His body was found on vacant land a few kilometres outside Kampala the next morning.
“I deplore the murder of Thomas Pere,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO. “Every effort must be made to shed light on his death and bring those responsible to justice.
“The murder of a journalist is a crime against the whole of society; an attempt to choke off democratic debate and muzzle the basic right of freedom of expression,” she stated. “A clear message must be sent to the perpetrators of such crimes that their acts will not go unpunished.”
UNESCO noted that Mr. Pere is the fourth journalist killed in Uganda since September 2010.