Killing of Russian reporters condemned by UNESCO chief

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Stop killing journalists. Photo: UNESCO

The killing of two Russian journalists in Ukraine has been condemned by the head of the UN cultural agency (UNESCO).

In a statement issued on Thursday, Irina Bokova said she was "deeply shocked" by the death of Igo Krnelyuk a television reporter and Anton Voloshin a sound engineer.

The two reporters, who worked for a Russian television station, were reporting on fighting near the city of Lugansk where they were hit by mortar fire on Tuesday.

Ms. Bokova said "the work of journalists, especially in situations of tension, is essential to nourish the informed debate necessary for promoting renewed dialogue and mutual understanding".

She called on all warring parties "to respect the civilian status of journalists and let them carry out their important professional activities in safe conditions".

According to UNESCO, five journalists have been killed in Ukraine since January this year.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations

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