Press release

Director-General condemns murder of journalist Roberto Toledo in Mexico


UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has condemned the murder of reporter Roberto Toledo in the Mexican city of Zitácuaro on 31 January.

I condemn the murder of Roberto Toledo. A thorough investigation of this crime is paramount to fighting impunity. I call upon the authorities to ensure the safety of media workers, the enforcement of the rule of law, and the protection of freedom of expression.
Audrey Azoulay UNESCO Director-General

Toledo, whose reporting for local news website Monitor Michoacán focused on cases of corruption, was killed in a car park by three gunmen. He was the fourth media worker to be murdered in Mexico this year.

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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