The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has condemned the killing of João Miranda do Carmo, an online journalist in Brazil, and called for an investigation into the incident.
“I condemn the murder of João Miranda do Carmo,” Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said in a statement issued on 24 August.
“I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice so as to protect journalists’ ability to continue contributing to informed public debate,” she added.
Mr. do Carmo owned and edited SAD Sem Censura, a local news website. On the evening of 24 July, he was shot at his home in the city of Santo Antônio do Descoberto in the country’s Goiás state.
UNESCO’s chief regularly issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States in 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.”
Source: United Nations
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