IFJ condemns death of another journalist in Quetta twin blasts

 

Media Release: Pakistan                                                                                                                                               

January 15, 2013

 

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Pakistan Federal Union

of Journalists (PFUJ) in expressing grief as we learn that a third journalist has

died as a result of the twin

blasts in Quetta on January 10, 2013.

 

Saifur

Rehman, a senior reporter with Samaa TV, passed away late Thursday night after

being critically injured in the second blast which struck a snooker club on

Alamdar Road in Quetta on January 12.

 

Two

other journalists, Imran Shaikh, a cameraman with Samaa TV, and Mohammad Iqbal,

photographer at NNI, were also killed in the blast. Media persons, rescue

workers and police personnel rushed to the first blast site when another blast

struck killing over 40 people. A majority of the people were killed and injured

in the second blast.

 

In

a statement, PFUJ President Pervaiz Shaukat and Secretary General Amin Yousuf

condoled with the family of the deceased and expressed their resolve to protect

the rights of journalists.

 

The IFJ joins the

PFUJ in once again calling on the provincial and national governments to take

immediate action to protect the lives of journalists and underlines the need

for special safety precautions by media professionals in the light of this

incident.

 

The PFUJ/IFJ report

on the State of Journalism in Balochistan Province, released on

World Press Freedom Day 2012, is available on the IFJ website here.

 

For

further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +61 2 9333 0950 

 

The IFJ represents more than 600,000 journalists in 131

countries

 

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