IFJ Calls for Prompt Inquiry into Murder of Senior Journalist in Pakistan

The

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called on Pakistani authorities

to launch an immediate inquiry in the murder of Mujeebur Rehman Saddiqui,

senior correspondent of Daily

Pakistan newspaper who was shot dead by gunmen yesterday in the Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa region, north

west of Pakistan.

"The

authorities must move fast to catch the killers of our colleague," said Aidan

White, IFJ General Secretary. "This second murder of a journalist in as many

days puts media on notice for more attacks and they must be stopped."

According to Pakistan

Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), an IFJ affiliate, Mujeebur, 39, was shot

dead by unidentified gunmen as he was leaving the mosque after evening prayers.

The PFUJ says militants are suspected for the journalist's murder as he had

reportedly received death threats from armed groups for his independent

reporting.

The victim, a

talented poet, had worked as a journalist for the last 20 years and was a

founder member of the Malakand Press Club, says the PFUJ which has also

demanded an investigation into his murder.

The killing of Mujeebur

comes two days after another journalist, Misri Khan was

gunned down in Hangu, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on 13 September. Khan,50,

worked for Daily Ausaf newspaper and

was President of the Hangu Union of Journalists.

The IFJ says that journalists in remote areas of

Pakistan are victims of the lawlessness which is being exploited by ruthless

groups who rule through violence.

"The authorities must restore law and order in this

region to ensure that civilians, including journalists are protected," added

White.

For

more information, please contact IFJ on + 32 2 235 22 07

The IFJ represents

more than 600.000 journalists in 125 countries