UNESCO condemns recent killing of media workers in Iraq

Jan. 3, 2014 at 11:56 AM

NEW YORK, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The United Nations agency that works to protect freedom of the press around the globe Friday expressed concern over the killing of six media workers in Iraq.

U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Director-General Irina Bokova condemned the killings of five Salaheddin TV employees on Dec. 23 and Voice of Ramadi radio correspondent Omar Al-Dulaimy on Dec. 31, UNESCO said in a statement.

Al-Dulaimy was killed while covering armed clashes in the city of Ramadi. The five Salaheddin TV workers, identified as chief news editor Raad Yassin, producer Jamal Abdel Nasser, cameraman Mohamed Ahmad Al-Khatib, presenter Wissam Al-Azzawi and archives manager Mohamed Abdel Hamid, were killed in a suicide bomb attack on the station's headquarters in Tikrit.

"Once again I call on the authorities to do all they can to bring those responsible for these crimes to justice," Bokova said in a statement, adding: "The escalation of violence against the media in Iraq is intolerable as it poses a severe threat to national reconciliation and reconstruction."

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