The International Federation
of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Pakistan Federal Union of
Journalists (PFUJ) in strongly condemning the killing of senior journalist
Malik Mumtaz in North Waziristan in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas
(FATA) on February 27.
According to reports
from the PFUJ, Malik Mumtaz, a correspondent for Jang, The News and Geo News,
was returning home after visiting a nearby village when unknown assailants
fired at his car, killing him instantly.
Mr Mumtaz was
associated with the Jang Group for the last two decades, and had been working
for the group’s newspapers as well as its channel, Geo News.
recently been elected president of the Miranshah Press Club. He is survived by
his two sons and daughter.
statement, PFUJ President Pervaiz Shaukat said the government should immediately
find and punish those behind this attack.
“We demand that
the government direct the law enforcement agencies to arrest the perpetrators
of the crime,” Mr Shaukat said.
Secretary General Amin Yousaf came down hard on the government for its repeated
failure to check the rising targeted killings in the country, especially of
journalists whose killers have never been arrested.
government should wake up and take strict action against the killers who go
scot-free after committing the crime,” Mr Yousaf said.
The killing of
journalists with impunity in Pakistan is a serious issue and Pakistan is one of
the most dangerous countries in the world in which to be a journalist.
“We condemn the
killing of Malik Mumtaz and extend our condolences to his family and
colleagues. The IFJ stands with the PFUJ in once again calling on the
provincial and national governments to take immediate action to protect the
lives of journalists in Pakistan” said the IFJ Asia Pacific.
The PFUJ/IFJ report the
State of Journalism in Khyber
Tribal Areas Pakistan was released on World Press Freedom
Day 2012, and is available here.
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