UNESCO condemns killing of Syrian TV cameraman

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Irina Bokova

The head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has condemned the recent killing of a Syrian television cameraman.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova says she is appalled by the killing of Haidar al-Sumudi and the continuing attacks on journalists in Syria.

UNESCO says Haidar al-Sumudi, who worked for the state television, was reportedly shot dead on the evening of 21 December outside his home in Damascus.

Ms. Bokova is calling on government forces and opposition fighters in Syria to recognize the civilian status of journalists and allow them to do their work.

She stresses that freedom of expression is a basic human right and there can be no justification for the use of violence to suppress it.

UNESCO says Haidar al-Sumudi's death brings to 41 the total number of journalists killed in Syria this year.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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