UNESCO chief deplores murder of Honduran broadcaster

18 July 2013

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has condemned the recent murder of a Honduran broadcaster and called on the authorities to bring those responsible to justice.

Anibal Barrow, the former host of a popular morning talk show on Globo TV was kidnapped on 24 June in the city of San Pedro Sula as he was travelling by car with a driver and members of his family. His body was found on 11 July near the city.

“I condemn this killing,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in a news release. “I trust that the authorities will be able to bring to justice those responsible for this crime which undermines freedom of expression in Honduras and journalists’ ability to exercise their profession.

“Letting crimes against journalists go unpunished seriously undermines press freedom,” she stressed.

UNESCO added that Mr. Barrow is the 20th journalist to be assassinated in Honduras since 2010.

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