Worried about the safety of journalists in conflict areas, UNESCO has called on all governments to protect journalists after radical group Islamic State (IS) beheaded second American journalist Steven Scotloff.
"I condemn deeply the execution of Steven Sotloff," said Irina Bokova, UNESCO Ddirector-General, in a statement released on Thursday.
Bokova saluted the courage of the two journalists. "He, like James Foley, was a brave man who worked as a journalist committed to telling the world what was happening on the ground."
Sotloff, a 31-year-old, Florida-based freelance journalist, who was missing in northern Syria over a year ago, was executed September 3, 2014. His killing came two weeks after the IS beheaded American photo journalist James Foley.
The UNESCO boss condemned the murder: "It is outrageous that these brave professionals, who are driven by their desire to find out how people are affected by war, and share their stories with the world, should suffer such inhuman treatment."