UNESCO chief calls for probe into murder of a Philippines journalist

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

Authorities in the Philippines have been urged by the head of the UN's cultural organization (UNESCO) to investigate the recent killing of a journalist in the Philippines.

Rubylita Garcia, a reporter for the Remate newspaper in Bacoor City and host of a radio talk show was reportedly shot dead by two gunmen in her home on 6 April.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova condemned the murder of Ms. Garcia.

She called on the authorities in the Philippines to do all they can to identify and bring to trial those responsible for what she described as a "cowardly crime."

Murderers, Ms Bokova added, "cannot be allowed to set limits to journalists' freedom of expression or on citizens' rights to information."

Garcia is the 9th journalist in the Philippines whose killing has been condemned by the UNESCO Director-General since January 2013.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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