Press release

Director-General condemns killing of community radio technician Michel Hangi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has condemned the killing of media worker Michel Hangi, also known as Parachichi Mukasaii.
I condemn the killing of Michel Hangi and call on the authorities to conduct an investigation to identify its perpetrators. This crime must not go unpunished. Community media workers play an essential role in making information accessible for all. They must be able to carry out their work freely and in safe conditions.
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay UNESCO Director-General

Hangi, a radio technician for the Nyiragongo-based Soleil Levant community radio, was shot dead outside his workplace on 17 July in Nyiragongo in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

UNESCO promotes the safety of journalists through global awareness-raising, capacity building and by coordinating the implementation of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.


See also: UNESCO observatory of killed journalists

Media contact: Guilherme Canela de Souza Godoi