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UNESCO Chief Calls For Probe Into Egyptian Journalists’ Deaths

August 29, 2013

From RTT News

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom on Monday denounced the killings of three Egyptian journalists and called for a thorough investigation.

In a statement, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova called on Egyptian authorities “to do everything possible to ensure the security of media workers.”

Bokova expressed her distress and concern over the violence directed against the media in Egypt, where five media professionals have been killed while carrying out their duties in the span of a few days.

According to Reporters Without Borders, Ahmed Abdel Gawad, a reporter for the Egyptian daily Al-Akhbar, and Mosab Al-Shami, a photojournalist for Rassd News Network, were killed on August 14 while covering demonstrations in capital Cairo. Both died from gunshot injuries.

Al-Ahram daily’s regional director Tamer Abdel Raouf was shot dead at a vehicle checkpoint in Damanhur of the Beheira Governorate in northern Egypt on August 19.

Bokova also condemned the murder of Pakistani journalist Haji Abdul Razzak and Guatemalan media person Carlos Alberto Orellana Chávez.

Razzak, 35, was a reporter with the Urdu-language newspaper Daily Tawar. His mutilated body was found in Karachi last Wednesday, months after he was reported missing.

A broadcast journalist in Guatemala, Orellana Chávez hosted a news program on Optimo 23 cable television after having directed Radio Victoria for over 25 years. According to Reporters Without Borders, he was shot down as he was driving to work some 50 kilometers from Mazatenango, the provincial capital of Suchitepequez in the country’s south.

Bokova urged Pakistani and Guatemalan authorities “to do all in their power” to investigate the killings and shed light on these heinous crimes. Published at RTT News.

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