BY UNESCO

Director-General urges investigation into killing of journalist Efigenia Vásquez Astudillo in Colombia

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today denounced the killing of radio journalist Efigenia Vásquez Astudillo on 8 October in Cauca, in the southwest of Colombia.

“I condemn the killing of Efigenia Vásquez Astudillo,” said the Director-General. “I call on the authorities to investigate this crime, which undermines both freedom of expression and freedom of information, rights that are crucial to any democracy.”

Efigenia Vásquez Astudillo, a reporter and presenter for community radio station Renacer Kokonuko, was shot while covering clashes in Puracé.

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