Journalist shot, killed in Pakistan; PFUJ demands arrest of killers

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.

 

He had

recently been elected president of the Miranshah Press Club. He is survived by

his two sons and daughter.

 

In a

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.

 

PFUJ

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.

 

“The

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

Pakhtunkhwaand

Tribal Areas Pakistan was released on World Press Freedom

Day 2012, and is available here.

 

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

 

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