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UNESCO demands probe into journalist Balangas killing

from BBC

The Director-General of UNESCO is calling for an investigation into the killing of journalist Soleil Balanga.

Irina Bokova also wants the Congolese authorities bring to justice all those responsible for the killing.

According to the BBC, Journalist Balanga was killing in Monkoto, a town in the northern province of Equateur in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The UNISCO Director-General said violence cannot be allowed to silence reporters and deprive the public of information it is entitled to receive.

The BBC also said Balanga had been using a megaphone to broadcast news in the streets of his home town in recent weeks, after the transmitter of his local radio station, Monkoto Soso Aleli, had broken down.

At the same time, Mr. Bokova has named CNN Chief International Correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety.

Ms. Amanpou was given the title recently at a ceremony at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, France, the BBC said.

The title was given the renowned journalist “in recognition of her efforts to promote free, independent and pluralistic media, having the right to work free from the threat of violence, and contributing to peace, sustainability, poverty eradication and human rights.”

Christiane Amanpour has won every major television journalism award, including eleven News and Documentary Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, three DuPont-Columbia Awards, and the Courage in Journalism Award.


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