UN calls for investigation on murder of Bangladeshi scribe
India Blooms News Service
New York, July 19 (IBNS): The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom Wednesday denounced the murder of a Bangladeshi journalist, Jamal Uddin, last month.
“I condemn the murder Jamal Uddin,” the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said in a news release. “It is essential that the authorities investigate this outrageous attack on freedom of expression and on press freedom, which is its corollary.”
Uddin, a reporter for the Bengali-language newspaper Gramer Kagoi, was stabbed and hacked to death by a group of men in a market in Sharsha, in the south-western Bangladeshi district of Jessore on June 15, UNESCO said, adding that he was the third journalist to have been killed in Bangladesh this year.
According to Reporters without Borders, Uddin had been the target of death threats in connection with his reporting on the local drug trade.