Director-General deplores the death of journalist, poet and film maker Baktash Abtin in Iran
The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has denounced the death of writer, journalist and film maker Baktash Abtin in Iran on 8 January.
Baktash Abtin died from COVID-19 related complications while serving a six-year prison sentence. Reports suggest his treatment was delayed and that this may have been a factor in his death.
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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