Unesco condemns Japanese journalist's killing

Unesco director general Irina Bokova Tuesday condemned the murder of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto by the Islamic State militants, urging mediapersons in Syria and neighbouring Iraq to take precautions for their personal safety.

Paris: Unesco director general Irina Bokova Tuesday condemned the murder of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto by the Islamic State militants, urging mediapersons in Syria and neighbouring Iraq to take precautions for their personal safety.

"Kenji Goto was a seasoned war journalist, dedicated to exposing the suffering that conflict imposes on citizens. His cold-blooded murder was a vile act that I condemn in the strongest possible terms," Bokova said in a statement.

"I urge the authorities to do everything within their power to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice." 

"I also call on journalists and all media workers covering events in Iraq and Syria, and in other conflict zones, to take all necessary measures for enhancing their safety," she added.

The 47-year-old freelance journalist had travelled to Syria in late October to secure the release of his compatriot Haruna Yukaw, who too was killed by the militant group.

Media reports Sunday said Goto was beheaded by IS militants, prompting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to describe it "a despicable terrorist act" and vowing to "never forgive" the radical group.

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