The head of the United Nations agency tasked with upholding press freedom today deplored the death of a senior reporter for a daily newspaper due to injuries sustained in a bombing in northern India earlier this month.
Vijay Pratap Singh, 38, who worked for the Indian Express, was wounded in an attack against a local politician in the city of Allahabad on 12 July. Eight days later he succumbed to those injuries.
He was visiting a Cabinet minister from Uttar Pradesh state and had just stepped out of the official`s residence when a bomb was detonated, wounding seven people, including Nand Gopal Nandi, the state`s Institutional Finance Minister.
Freedom of expression, a fundamental human right essential to a democratic society, can only exist if journalists can do their work in safety, " said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
I call on the Indian authorities to do everything in their power to bring the culprits of this attack to justice, and to ensure there is no impunity. "