Another Journalist's Murder Underlines Safety Crisis in Balochistan

 The

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is shocked to hear of the killing

of Abdost Rind, a 27-year-old journalist in the Turbat area of Balochistan

province in Pakistan’s

south-west.

 

According

to information received from IFJ affiliate the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists

(PFUJ), Rind – a reporter with Daily

Eagle, an Urdu-language newspaper – was shot four times by unidentified

assailants on motorcycles as he returned home from work on the evening of

February 18. He died immediately.

 

He is the

second media worker to be killed in Balochistan this year, after the death of Ilyas

Nazar, who was found dead in Pidarak on January 5.

 

The IFJ’s

recent report on journalists and media workers

killed in 2010 identifies Pakistan

as the single most dangerous place in the world for the profession. Of the 16

journalists and media workers killed in Pakistan last year, six were in Balochistan,

geographically the country’s largest, though also the most thinly populated.

 

“For too

long, conflict and the risks for media personnel in Balochistan have gone relatively

unnoticed, with most attention focused on the war consuming Pakistan’s northern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

province and Tribal Areas,” IFJ Asia-Pacific

Director Jacqueline Park said.

 

“The

crisis of media safety compels the global community to immediately step forward

with a gesture of solidarity and support for the beleaguered journalists of

Balochistan.”

 

Rind’s

family believes his killing is directly related to his work as a journalist.

However, the link requires verification.

 

The IFJ

joins the PFUJ in demanding that authorities in Balochistan act quickly to

investigate Rind’s death, to send a message to those responsible that

journalists’ killers will not go unpunished.

 

“We extend

our deepest condolences to the family of the slain journalist and call upon the

federal and provincial authorities to extend all possible support to them in

this hour of need,” Park said.

 

The 2010

toll of journalists and media workers killed in Balochistan:

  • Hameed Marwa, killed February 17 in Quetta
  • Malik Arif, April 16 in Quetta
  • Faiz Mohammad Khan Sasoli, June 27 in Khuzdar
  • Mohammad Sarwar, September 3 in Quetta
  • Ejaz Ahmad Raisani, September 6 in Quetta
  • Abdul Hameed Hayatan, November 18 in Turbat

 

 

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information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919

 

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