IFJ Condemns Brutal Murder of Journalist in Pakistan’s Balochistan Province

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate Pakistan Federal

Union of Journalists (PFUJ)strongly condemn

the murder of a journalist in Pakistan’s Balochistan Province on September 29.

 

Television reporter Abdul

Haq was leaving the Khuzdar Press Club when unknown gunmen opened

fire and killed him instantly, according to reports from the Pakistan Federal Union

of Journalists (PFUJ).

 

Mr Haq had worked for

ARY TV Channel for the past seven years and was also the General Secretary of

Khuzdar Press Club.

 

The PFUJ has issued a

statement strongly condemning the killing and demanding an inquiry into the

incident, saying the situation in Balochistan is deplorable, especially in

Khuzdar.

 

Journalists had been

receiving threats from unknown sources and were being targeted with impunity,

according to the PFUJ.

 

“We condemn brutal killing

of Abdul Haq in what appears to be a targeted attack, and extend our

condolences to his family and colleagues. We also join the PFUJ in calling for

an immediate investigation into his brutal killing,” IFJ Asia Pacifc Director

Jacqueline Park said.

 

Haq is survived by

his wife and two sons.

 

Pakistan is ranked as the world’s most dangerous country to work as a journalist, and at least five

journalists have been killed in Khuzdar alone in the last few years.

 

There has been an alarming

increase in the targeted killing of journalists in Balochistan in particular, in

recent years.

 

The PFUJ/IFJ report

on the State of Journalism in Balochistan

Province, released on World Press Freedom Day 2012, is available on the IFJ

website here.

 

 

For

further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0918

 

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