UNESCO slams Israeli killing of Turkish journalist

UNESCO Director General Bokova called for light to be shed on the events that led to the journalist's death.

UNESCO slams Israeli killing of Turkish journalist

Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Irina Bokova condemned on Monday Israel's killing of Turkish journalist Cevdet Kiliclar in a raid on flotilla carrying aid materials to Gaza on May 31.

Bokova called for light to be shed on the events that led to the journalist's death and called on all the authorities concerned to respect the rights of media covering the situation in Gaza.

"I condemn the killing of Cevdet Kiliclar," said Bokova. "I trust that an inquiry that meets international requirements will shed light on the events that led to Cevdet Kiliclar's death and to the injuring of Indonesian cameraman Sura Fachrizaz."

"I wish Sura Fachrizaz a speedy recovery," the Director-General added. "I also wish to remind all the authorities concerned of their responsibility to enable journalists to carry out their professional duties. They are obligated to do so under the terms of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which provides for freedom of expression, and other international agreements concerning the status of journalists in conflict zones."

"Full freedom of expression and freedom to access information are essential if peace, democracy, and rule of law are to be given a chance in Gaza," Bokova noted.

Cevdet Kiliclar was shot in the head during the Israeli military interception of the flotilla that was heading to Gaza on May 31. Sura Fachrizaz sustained serious gun shot wounds during the same attack.


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The isreali state should not escape punishment for the murder and the injuries their soldiers caused to the brave humane men and women of the flottila and they should agree to an international inquiry to be held beacuse this is the only way justice can be acheived.