UNITED NATIONS - UNESCO condemned the killing of Hrant Dink, editor-in-chief of bilingual Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos, and praised the swiftly operated investigation carried out by Turkish authorities.

Director General of UNESCO Koichiro Matsuura made a statement on Monday about the assassination of Dink.

Matsuura said that freedom of speech is a fundamental human right, and freedom of press is a fundamental component of democracy and the principle of rule of law. He expressed pleasure over the way Turkish authorities swiftly operated the investigation. He added that this fast response shows that Turkish authorities will not let this crime remain unpunished.

Hrant Dink, was shot in front of his office building in Sisli district of Istanbul on Friday, and died instantly at the scene. Ogun Samast, the murderer of Dink, was arrested in northern province of Samsun on Saturday.

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