IFJ Demands Inquiry As Another Journalist Killed In Balochistan

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins

its affiliate the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in demanding an

immediate investigation into the death of Ilyas Nazar, who was found dead in

Pidarak, Balochistan, in Pakistan’s

south-west, on January 5.

 

Nazar, a

journalist with the Baloch-language magazine Darwanth, was reportedly abducted on the night of December 28 while

travelling from Balochistan’s capital, Quetta,

to his home in Turbat in the south of the province. His body was found

alongside that of Baloch Students’ Organisation-Azad (BSO Azad) central executive

committee member Qambar Chakar, who had disappeared from his home in Turbat on

November 27.

 

It is

unclear whether Nazar was killed because of his work as a journalist, or if he

was connected to the BSO Azad or Chakar. Both men suffered multiple gunshot

wounds to the head and chest, a hallmark of many of the recent killings in Balochistan.

 

“Authorities

in Balochistan must act quickly to investigate Nazar’s death, to send a message

to those responsible that the murder and abduction of journalists will not

continue to go unpunished,” IFJ Asia-Pacific

Director Jacqueline Park said.

 

“The

disturbing frequency with which media personnel were attacked and killed in Balochistan

in 2010 must end.”

 

According

the IFJ’s

2010 report on journalists killed while conducting their work, Balochistan

was the most dangerous region of the most dangerous country in the world for

journalists last year. Of 97 journalists killed worldwide last year, 15 died in

Pakistan.

Of that number, six deaths were reported in Balochistan.

 

The PFUJ

reports that news of Nazar’s death comes amid concerns for the welfare of Siddiq

Eido, a journalist from Pasni, also in Balochistan, who has been missing also since

December 28.

 

Information

about the IFJ report on journalists killed in 2010 can be found at: http://asiapacific.ifj.org/en/articles/ifj-reports-heavy-media-loss-to-violence-after-97-journalists-died-in-2010

 

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