The Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova has denounced the killing of Syrian TV reporter Haidar al-Sumudi and urged all sides involved in the conflict to respect the civilian status of journalists.
“I am appalled by the killing of Haidar al-Sumudi and the continuing attacks on journalists in Syria,” the Director-General said. “Freedom of expression is a basic human right and there can be no justification for the use of violence to suppress it. All sides must recognize the civilian status of journalists and allow them to do their work.”
State television reported on December 22 that one of its camera reporters, Haidar al-Sumudi, had been shot the previous evening outside his home in Damascus.
Haidar al-Sumudi’s death brings to 41 the total number of professional and citizen journalists killed in Syria in 2012. They are remembered on the dedicated web page, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.
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