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Director-General calls on authorities to shed light on killing of journalist Parag Bhuyan in India


The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has called on the Indian authorities to clarify the circumstances surrounding the death of journalist Parag Bhuyan, who was fatally injured on 11 November in a hit and run car accident in Kakopathar, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. The driver who hit the journalist was arrested on the day following the incident.


I deplore the death of Parag Bhuyan,” said the Director-General. “I trust that the Indian authorities will ensure a timely investigation to shed light on the circumstances of Parag Bhuyan’s death. No effort should be spared to enable journalists to exercise their profession safety, without let or hindrance.

Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General

In his work, Parag Bhuyan, an experienced journalist of the Pratidin Time group, specialized in issues relating to corruption and local crime.

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

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