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Director-General urges investigation into killing of community radio journalist Abelardo Liz in Colombia


The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has condemned the killing of Abelardo Liz, a community radio journalist in the town of Corinto, in the southwestern department of Cauca on 13 August.

“I condemn the murder of Abelardo Liz,” said the Director-General, “I call on the authorities to investigate this killing and bring its perpetrators to trial. Impunity for this crime must not be allowed to restrict freedom of expression and limit journalists’ confidence that they can carry out their work safely.”

Abelardo Liz was shot while covering a protest about land rights. Working for Emisora Nación Nasa, a community radio station of the Voz del Viento collective, Liz died while rushed to hospital.

UNESCO promotes the safety of journalists through global awareness-raising, capacity building and a range of actions, notably in the framework of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.


See also: UNESCO observatory of killed journalists

Media contact: Guilherme Canela De Souza Godoi, g.godoi@unesco.org