Condemnation of Violence against Journalists- UNESCO


UNESCO chief condemns killing of journalist in Texas

Stop killing journalists. Photo: UNESCO

22 June 2016 – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today called for an investigation into the killing of Jacinto Hernández Torres, also known as Jay Torres, a Spanish-language journalist in Texas.

“I condemn the murder of Jacinto Hernández Torres,” Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said in a statement.

The body of Jay Torres, a contributor to La Estrella, a Fort Worth Spanish-language weekly, was found on Monday, 13 June in Garland, in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.

“I call on the authorities to investigate this killing and its motives so that those responsible for it be brought to trial,” Ms. Bokova said.

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with resolution 29, on “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists,” which was adopted by UNESCO Member States at the General Conference of 1997.