The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has denounced the latest killing of a journalist in the Philippines and urged authorities to investigate the murder and “provide the media with as safe an environment as possible to ensure the public’s right to be kept informed.”
Philippines radio journalist Maurito Lim was shot in the head on 14 February by a motorcyclist as he was about to enter his place of work at dyRD Radio in Tagbilaran City.
“I condemn the murder of Maurito Lim,” the UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in a statement issued Monday. “This crime needs to be thoroughly investigated for its perpetrators to be brought to justice. Impunity for such crimes increases the vulnerability of all journalists and encourages self-censorship. The authorities must provide the media with as safe an environment as possible to ensure the public’s right to be kept informed.”
According to UNESCO, a specialized UN agency mandated to defend press freedom and freedom of expression, dozens of journalists have been killed in the Philippines.