Irina Bokova condems killing of Journalist

Director-General condemns killing of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff


The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today expressed shock at the killing of Steven Sotloff and called for the immediate release of all civilian hostages held by militant groups in Syria.

“I condemn deeply the execution of Steven Sotloff,” said the Director-General. “Steven Sotloff—like James Foley who was murdered in an equally despicable manner two weeks ago—was a brave man who worked as a journalist committed to telling the world what was happening on the ground. It is outrageous that these brave professionals, who are driven by their desire to find out how people are affected by war and share their stories with the world, should suffer such inhumane treatment.

“My heartfelt condolences go to the family and friends of Steven Sotloff. I urge all parties to release all other hostages.”

“I also call on all governments to strengthen the safety of journalists by ensuring that those responsible for such violence are held accountable.”

Steven Sotloff, 31, was a freelance journalist who worked for a number of leading U.S. publications including Time magazine and World Affairs. He was kidnapped in Aleppo, Syria, in the summer of 2013.

The Director-General issues statements on the killing of media professionals in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage,
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