IFJ Mourns Another Journalist Killed in Pakistan

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is extremely concerned by the failure of

authorities in Pakistan

to fully investigate the killings of journalists, after another journalist was

murdered last night.


Raja Assad Hameed, a senior reporter

for the daily Nation and Waqt TV Channel, was shot four times by unidentified assailants

as he arrived at his home in Rawalpindi,

reports the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), an IFJ affiliate. He died

in hospital.


The PFUJ said the motive for the murder

is unclear.


The IFJ joins the PFUJ in demanding that Pakistan’s Government direct local authorities

to conduct a full investigation and to bring the culprits to justice.


However, it is disturbed to learn that authorities have not properly

investigated the abduction and targeted murder of GEO correspondent Mussa

Khankhel in Swat Valley on February 18.


The PFUJ suggests the failure of authorities to investigate Khankhel’s

murder is reason to doubt the sincerity of the Government in its promise to protect

media personnel.


“The Government of Pakistan must act on its stated

commitment to defend media rights, including the right of media personnel to be

protected against targeted violence,” IFJ Asia-Pacific

Director Jacqueline Park said.


“Offering to provide compensation after violence has been

committed is an insufficient response in dealing with the level of violence

directed against the media in various parts of Pakistan.”


The murder of Assad follows another

killing of a journalist this week. Tariq Malik, a young correspondent for Dawn News,

was shot dead on March 24 in what appears to have been a street robbery

unrelated to his professional work.


Members of the PFUJ will hold a rally

this weekend to protest continuing violence against journalists and to appeal

again to the authorities to take serious action.


For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919


The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 120 countries worldwide