THE head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) on Thursday issued a statement condemning the killing of a radio reporter in Mindanao this month and called for a complete investigation.
“I condemn the killing of Elvis Ordaniza,” Unesco director general Irina Bokova said in a statement.
“Journalists must be able to carry out their work in reasonably safe conditions, which is why I urge the authorities to spare no effort in bringing its perpetrators to justice,” she added.
Ordaniza, 49, reporter for DXWO Power99 FM radio, was shot dead by two unknown gunmen who barged into his house on February 16 in Pitogo town, Zamboanga del Sur.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said Ordaniza became the first journalist killed in the country this year, and the 31st journalist or media worker to have been killed under President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
The Unesco issued statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by Unesco Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled ‘Condemnation of Violence against Journalists’.