UNESCO chief condemns killing of Iraqi TV reporters

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he Director-General of UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, on Monday condemned the killing of two Iraqi journalists – reporter Harb al-Dulaimi and cameraman Soudad al-Douro

The director-general said targeting journalists in conflict situations was intolerable and amounted to a war crime.

Bokova said: “I condemn the killing of Harb Hazaa al-Dulaimi and Soudad al-Douri.

“Their death is a terrible reminder of the unacceptable toll paid by courageous media workers dedicated to keeping us informed.

“Targeting of journalists in conflict situations is an intolerable war crime, recognised as such by the Geneva Conventions.”

Bokova said bodies of the journalists were found in the village of Imam Gharbi south of Mosul on July 30.

Both men were reportedly killed on July 7 while covering fighting for Iraqi TV channel Hona Salaheddinon.

The director-general of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States during the Organisation’s General Conference of 1997.

The statements entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists” are posted on a dedicated webpage ‘UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists’. (NAN)