Bokova mourns death of Iraqi journalist

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UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova on Thursday deplored the death of radio journalist Muwaffak al-Ani, who was killed in a car bomb explosion in west Baghdad on Monday 6 May.

The Director-General said Mr. al-Ani, one of Iraq's best known media voices, was a man dedicated to his profession and determined to pass his knowledge and skills on to a new generation of journalists.

She said "Journalists must be allowed to work in safety – to fulfill their duty of informing the public, and to uphold the right of freedom of expression. Impunity for crimes against them she added must not be tolerated, and I trust the Iraqi authorities will do everything within their power to bring those responsible for this attack …to justice."

Muwaffak al-Ani was one of Iraq's longest-serving broadcasters, beginning his career in radio and television in 1962 at Radio Baghdad and had worked for several of the country's major networks since then.

He also taught radio journalism.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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