IFJ Condemns Killing of TV Cameraman in Suicide Attack in Pakistan

The International Federation of

Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the "mindless violence" behind a targeted

suicide attack in Pakistan

which led to the killing of a journalist and injuries to five others at a

hospital in the town of Bajau

in the tribal areas of the country.


Seven people were killed in the

attack including Malik Arif, a veteran cameraman of Samaa TV. He was one of a

group of media staff filming a gathering of friends of a local businessman who

had himself escaped assassination and was being treated at the hospital. The

bomber opened fire on the group before blowing himself up.


 "We mourn another media victim of mindless violence,"

said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. "Reporters just doing their job

covering news events become inevitable victims when ruthless extremists target

unsuspecting civilians, including journalists."


The five injured journalists were

Arif's Samaa TV colleague Noor Elahi Bugti , Geo TV reporter Salman Ashraf,

Fareed Ahmed of Dunya TV , Khalid Ahmed of Express TV and Malik Sohail of Aaj

TV, according to local sources.


The IFJ says the latest killing

shows how journalists and media workers continue to face daily risks reporting

their stories from the frontline of countries where terrorism and violence has

become an increasingly routine part of political life. Last week, Reuters

cameramen Hiro Muramoto, a Japanese national, was shot dead on Saturday while

covering street violence in Bangkok.


"These latest tragic deaths call

for a stronger commitment to protect journalists who are asked to take on the

most perilous tasks," added White. "The loss of experienced journalists is tragic

for their families and colleagues, but it is also a blow to the entire

democratic community."   



For more information contact the IFJ

at     +32 2 235 22 07


The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 125 countries worldwide