Another tragic killing of a journalist in Pakistan

Media Release: Pakistan

27 May 2013


International Federation of Journalists joins affiliate the Pakistan Federal

Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in strongly condemning the killing of a journalist

in Bahawalnagar district of Punjab province in Pakistan on Friday May 24.


to reports, Ahmed Ali Joiya, 25, a reporter for several local newspapers and

magazines, had been coordinating with the local police on a crime story he was working



to police, Joiya had received threats from Maqbool (Kooli Sassi), a known criminal.

On Friday Joiya was in a market in Bhangrana village when unidentified men shot

Joiya, immediately killing him. Two street vendors were also injured in the



is survived by a wife and two children.


a statement, PFUJ President Pervaiz Shaukat called on the police to arrest the

culprits immediately and bring them to justice. “Joiya was a brave journalist

who was working on exposing criminals. He has been killed in the line of duty,”

Mr Shaukat said.


a statement, PFUJ Secretary General Amin Yousaf also condemned the killing. “Joiya

was a young journalist who had the vigour to expose the wrongs in the society.

His efforts are praiseworthy.” Mr Yousaf called on the law enforcement agencies

to bust the criminal gangs and arrest those involved in the killing.


is proving to be one of the deadliest for Pakistan’s journalists. This latest

killing is an indictment on the authorities in Pakistan who

continue to allow a culture of impunity to flourish. Journalists must be

allowed to do their job of scrutinising the powerful and holding them to

account. We call on the government to demonstrate its commitment to press

freedom and investigate this crime with vigour.


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