The United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the murder of an Iraqi journalist who was well known for articles exposing corruption in his country.
Hilal al-Ahmadi died on 17 February after being shot as he headed to work in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Mr. al-Ahmadi was a freelance reporter who contributed to several publications.
Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), issued a statement from the agency`s Paris headquarters today in which she stressed that attacking journalists cannot be tolerated.
By denying citizens access to information, these crimes tear at the very fabric of emerging democracies, " Ms. Bokova said. They must be investigated and punished. "
Many journalists have lost their lives in Iraq in recent years. The non-governmental organization (NGO) Reporters with Borders said seven journalists were killed there last year alone.