The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the suicide bombing that killed and injured scores of people in Pakistan, including a cameraman. At least one other journalist was injured.
The IFJ said these deaths highlighted the danger that media face in covering violent events.
“This terrible attack had many, many victims whose deaths we condemn,” said IFJ General Secretary Aidan White. “We are standing in solidarity with our colleagues in Pakistan, who cover many dangerous stories even at the risk of their own safety.”
A suicide bomber is suspected to be responsible for the attack on former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in Karachi that killed at least 136 people.
According to news reports a TV cameraman was killed in the attack and Reuters reported that photographer Athar Hussain was slightly hurt.
Pakistan is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists. At least seven journalists have been killed there this year and many others have been threatened, harassed or received other types of intimidation.
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The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 114 countries worldwide