Another Journalist Murdered In Pakistan - IFJ Demands End To Impunity

The International

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

of Journalists (PFUJ) in demanding an immediate investigation into the murder

of journalist Misri Khan in Hangu, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan’s north-west, on September

13.

 

Khan, 50, was a senior journalist

with the Daily Ausaf. He had owned a

well-known news service in Hangu and served as president of the Hangu Union of

Journalists.

 

He was shot by unidentified gunmen while

entering his office at the Hangu Press Club, and died in Hangu district

hospital a short time later. He is survived by his wife and 11 children.

 

The motivation for his murder is not

yet clear, but Khan is known to have received several death threats from

militants for his uncompromising reporting and had been subjected to attacks in

the past.

 

“Misri Khan’s murder is yet another

terrible reminder of how dangerous it is for journalists working in Pakistan,” IFJ General Secretary Aidan White said.

 

“The IFJ joins Khan’s colleagues and

family in mourning his death and demands that authorities take swift action to

bring his killers to justice.

 

“Pakistan’s power-holders must act

to end the culture of impunity for the murders of journalists, and order local

and federal authorities to conduct immediate investigations in order to prosecute

killers.”

 

In a separate case, the PFUJ

expressed grave concerns for the welfare of Hasan Sharjeel, the abducted 18-year-old son of Shakil Turabi, editor-in-chief of the

Islamabad-based South Asian News Agency. Sharjeel has been missing since

January 5.

 

According

to the PFUJ, Turabi believes his journalistic work is the motivation for the abduction of

his son.

 

After a ransom letter from the supposed

abductors turned out to be fake, Turabi alleges that Pakistani intelligence operatives

are holding Sharjeel hostage. Army sources have suggested to him the young man

has been detained in relation to an attack on a mosque in which senior military

officials were killed.

 

Turabi has requested the Supreme Court take action, and the court has

since ordered Pakistan’s

Interior Ministry to help locate Sharjeel and identify those responsible

for his abduction.

 

An initial hearing scheduled for

September 7 was postponed until September 20, according to local media reports.

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919

 

The IFJ

represents more than 600,000 journalists in 125 countries

 

Find the IFJ on Twitter:

@ifjasiapacific