Director-General condemns murder of Honduran broadcaster Anibal Barrow

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UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre]

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, on Thursday denounced the killing of Honduran broadcaster Anibal Barrow whose dead body was found on 11 July near the city of San Pedro Sula.

In a statement, Ms. Bokova said she trusts "that the authorities will be able to bring to justice those responsible for this crime which undermines freedom of expression in Honduras and journalists' ability to exercise their profession".

"Letting crimes against journalists go unpunished seriously undermines press freedom", she said.

Anibal Barrow, the former host of a popular morning talk show on Globo TV was kidnapped on 24 June in San Pedro Sula as he was travelling by car with a driver and members of his family.

The death of Barrow, the 20th journalist to be assassinated in Honduras since 2010, comes after a period in which the killings had been on the decline.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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