UNESCO chief speaks out against murder of female Iraqi journalist

Koichiro Matsuura, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has has condemned the murder of Iraqi journalist Sahar Hussein Ali al-Haydari. This death follows the murder of two female Afghan journalists in recent weeks.

“In only a few days, three women journalists have been brutally murdered…These pioneering women were targeted because they devoted their energy and courage to help bring about democratic change in their societies…I trust these particularly heinous crimes will not go unpunished.”

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reports taht at least 106 journalists and 39 media workers have been killed in Iraq since 2003.