UNESCO’s head condemns killing of Indian paper’s bureau chief

29 August 2016

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the murder of a bureau chief of a domestic daily newspaper in India.

“I condemn the murder of Kishore Dave,” the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said in a statement, referring to daily Jai Hind’s bureau chief in the city of Junagadh in the western state of Gujarat.

According to UNESCO, Mr. Dave was killed on 22 August and his assailants are reported to have been arrested.

“I trust that legal proceedings already underway will shed full light on this crime, which undermines journalists’ ability to carry out their work and contribute to open and informed public debate,” Ms. Bokova said in the statement.

UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by the entity’s member states in 1997, entitled ‘Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.’

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