IFJ Condemns Double-blast Strategy that Killed Two Reporters in Pakistan

The International Federation of Journalists

(IFJ) has condemned the killing of two journalists in a double-bomb attack in

the town of Dera Ismail Khan, north west of Pakistan. Mohammad Imran and Saleem

Tahir Awan of local dailies the Eitedal and Apna Akhbar were

among the five killed in the explosion. A further 25 people were injured.

The incident occurred on January 4, reports

the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), an IFJ-affiliate, who said a

suicide bomber struck when the area had been cordoned off by the police and

forensic experts were collecting evidence after an earlier blast.

The IFJ says terrorist strikes in recent

times have often used the tactic of setting off one explosion and waiting for a

crowd to gather before launching the more lethal attack. It is this moment -

when journalists are rushing to cover a terror blast  - which can be the most dangerous for

reporters and humanitarian workers who are drawn to the scene of violent attacks. 

"While mourning the death of our colleagues,

we urge media organisations in Pakistan

to pay particular attention to protection needs of journalists in

terrorism-affected areas," said IFJ General Secretary, Aidan

White. "It is clear that these ruthless terrorists are

deliberately drawing innocent civilians including journalists into the line of

fire."

The IFJ and the PFUJ recently collaborated in

a series of safety awareness workshops for journalists in different parts of Pakistan.

"This latest incident shows that we need to

redouble our efforts to ensure that basic safety training is available for

journalists in all parts of the country," added White.

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919

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