IFJ Mourns Death of Young Reporter in Pakistan

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is deeply saddened to learn that a trainee

journalist who was badly injured in a double-blast in Peshawar, Pakistan,

on June 11 has died in hospital.

 

Shafiullah Khan, 28, died on the

night of June 16 in a hospital at Wah Cantonment, near Rawalpindi, where he was being treated for

severe burns.

 

He had joined The News International as a trainee reporter at its Peshawar

office only a week before the attack, according to the Khyber Union of

Journalists, an affiliate of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ).

 

Shafiullah Khan is the sixth

journalist reported killed in Pakistan

in 2011 in relation to their work.  

His colleague, Asfandyar

Abid Naveed, of the daily Akhbar-i-Khyber,

died in the same incident, when a suicide attack at the Khyber Super Market late

on June 11 followed a low-intensity blast a few minutes earlier.

 

Shafiullah Khan was from Palangzai

village near Miranshah, the headquarters of militancy-plagued North Waziristan

Agency, and had recently completed a Masters in Journalism.

 

New to journalistic work, he joined

others in rushing to the scene of the first minor blast just a few metres away

from the newspaper’s office, and fell victim to the subsequent suicide attack.

 

More than 40 people died in the

incident, while eight media personnel including Shafiullah Khan were among the

more than 100 people injured. Most of those killed were reported to be young

students.

 

“The IFJ extends its deepest

sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Shafiullah. Tragically, his

eagerness to cover an important story came at too high a cost,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.

 

“The deaths of Shafiullah and

Asfandyar Abid Naveed once again draw acute attention to the dire need for

media outlets in Pakistan

to provide education and training on safety measures for media personnel at all

levels.”

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +61 2 9333 0919

 

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represents more than 600,000 journalists in 131 countries

 

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