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Killing of Nigerian news editor draws condemnation from top UN official

Publisher UN News Service
Publication Date 6 October 2009
Cite as UN News Service, Killing of Nigerian news editor draws condemnation from top UN official, 6 October 2009, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4acdde541a.html [accessed 29 July 2014]
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The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the recent killing of a Nigerian news editor, and called on authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Bayo Ohu, the assistant news editor of the Nigerian daily newspaper, The Guardian, was shot dead in his home on 20 September as he was preparing to attend church, according to a news release issued by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

"The shooters removed the victim's laptop and mobile phone from the house, leading to speculation that the killing may have been linked to his work as a journalist, according to the International Press Institute (IPI)," the news release added.

UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura spoke out against the killing, stating that freedom of expression is a basic human right and its corollary, press freedom, is essential for democracy and rule of law.

"Therefore, I trust that the authorities, in the interest of the whole of Nigerian society, will do all they can to bring the culprits of this crime to justice," Mr. Matsuura said.

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