IFJ Condemns Death of Journalist in Karachi Double Bomb Strike

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)

joints its affiliate, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in

condemning the twin bomb attack near a religious shrine in Karachi, which

killed four people and injured several others, including journalists, who had

gathered at the spot to report on the first of the blasts.

 

The PFUJ reports that Saqib Khan, a photojournalist

with the Urdu newspaper Ummat, was

among those injured in the incident on November 22. He was subsequently taken

to hospital for treatment for what appeared to be symptoms of shock, but

suffered a cardiac arrest en route and died.

 

Kiran Khan, a reporter with Dunya News and Umar Khan a

technician with the same channel were also injured in the second blast, though

not seriously.

 

The IFJ joins the PFUJ in once again underlining the

need for special safety precautions by media professionals in the light of this

incident.

 

Amin Yousaf, Secretary-General of the PFUJ, has

pointed out that safety training for journalists should focus on the whole

range of insurgent and extremist strategies and seek to impart the skills and

knowledge to counteract all these.

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0918

 

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