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UNESCO CONDEMNS DEATH OF SYRIAN JOURNALIST IN BOMB ATTACK

PARISM, -- The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending the freedom of the media has denounced the death of Syrian photojournalist, Khalid Al Issa, who was killed after a homemade bomb detonated in his building.

In a statement, Irina Bokova, the Director-General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), also reminded all parties in a conflict to observe the civilian status of journalists and to respect their rights as prescribed by the Geneva Conventions.

"The work and commitment of media professionals as purveyors of accurate information is essential in all societies, and especially those facing conflict," said Bokova.

Khalid Al Issa, who was seriously injured in the bombing, succumbed to his wounds in a hospital in the Turkish border city of Antakya.

UNESCO chief issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States in 1997, entitled "Condemnation of Violence against Journalists."

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 95 journalists were killed in Syria since 1992.

However, the Doha Centre for Media Freedom said it has documented 110 professional or citizen journalists who have died during the Syrian civil war while the Syrian Journalists' Association said it documented 153 journalists killed since the uprising in 2011 and throughout the civil war.

Source: Name News Network