UNESCO condemns the killing of Iraqi journalist Arkan Sharifi
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova on Friday condemned the killing of Iraqi journalist Arkan Sharifi, who was stabbed by armed men at his home earlier this week in the Iraqi city of Daqouq, saying "I condemn the assassination of Arakan Sherifi" in a statement to "defend freedom of expression and media freedom, I urge the authorities to investigate this crime and take all legal steps available to end violence against the media. "

At the same time, Reporters Without Borders this week expressed "alarm" at the violence being faced by media and offices in northern Iraq in areas controlled by Iraqi federal forces and areas under Kurdish control. Iraq, with Syria, one of the world's most dangerous countries for journalists, ranks 158 out of 180 countries among the countries in the World Press Freedom Index.

Arqan Sharifi, was stabbed to death on 30 October by unknown armed men after they stormed his house in the village of Heftagar in Daqouq. He worked for Kurdistan TV at the time of his assassination.

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