Director-General condemns killing of journalists David Beriain and Roberto Fraile in Burkina Faso

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has condemned the armed attack on an anti-poaching patrol that claimed three civilian lives, including those of Spanish journalists Roberto Fraile and David Beriain, in the Arly National Park – a UNESCO biosphere reserve and World Heritage site – in the east of Burkina Faso on 27 April.

David Beriain and Roberto Fraile were seasoned reporters who had covered numerous armed conflicts. They were working on a documentary film about poaching when armed extremists overpowered their convoy and killed them along with Rory Young, co-founder and president of the anti-poaching group Chengeta Wildlife.

UNESCO promotes the safety of journalists through global awareness-raising, capacity building and a range of actions, notably in the framework of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.

 

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