Director General condemns killing of columnist Joaquin Briones in the Philippines

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has denounced today the killing of newspaper columnist Joaquin Briones in the Masbate province of the Philippines on 13 March.

“I condemn the killing of Joaquin Briones,” said the Director-General. “Attacks on the media fuel fear of covering issues which matter to society, leading to self-censorship and an uninformed public. I call on the local authorities to ensure that the Rule of Law is applied and the perpetrators of this crime are brought to court". 

Joaquin Briones was a contributor to the daily tabloid newspaper Remate. He previously hosted the radio program Dos por Dos were he reported on local issues. He was fatally shot by unknown assailants on motorcycle in the town of Milagros on Monday morning.

The Director-General of UNESCO issues 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.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.