Paris, 29 November—The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today called for an investigation into the killing of journalist Dharmendra Singh in the town of Sasaram in Bihar on 12 November.
“I condemn the murder of Dharmendra Singh,” said the Director-General “Every assassination of a journalist is a setback for freedom of expression, freedom of information, and rule of law. It is in the interest of society as a whole that the authorities investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice.”
Three unidentified gunmen shot Dharmendra Singh, a reporter for the national Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar, on 12 November in the town of Sasaram.
The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.