IFJ Outraged By Murder Of Journalist In Balochistan

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) demands

an immediate investigation into the murder of journalist Abdul Hameed Hayatan

in Balochistan, including a full inquiry into allegations of involvement of

Pakistani security agencies.

 

The body

of Hayatan, 25, was found in the village

of Hiroonk,

near Turbat, in Pakistan’s southwest, on November

18.

 

Known also

as Lala Hameed Baloch, Hayatan was found dead in a canal alongside his friend, Hamid

Ismail, after they disappeared from their home town of Gwadar, in Balochistan’s

west, on October 25, according to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists

(PFUJ).

 

Hayatan had

been shot in the head and chest and appeared to have been tortured. A note found with the bodies of Hayatan and Ismail said “A Gift of Eid

for the Balochs”, in reference to the Eid al-Adha holiday.

 

Local

media reported that Hayatan, a reporter with DailyIntekhab and a founder of the Gwadar

Press Club, was allegedly abducted with his friend by state security agents. Hayatan was also reported to be active in the Balochistan Nationalist

Movement.

 

The murder

of Hayatan brings to 11 the total number of reported deaths of media workers in

Pakistan

this year. Four of these deaths have been in Balochistan

 

The Balochistan Union of

Journalists, an affiliate of the PFUJ, has long agitated for full inquiries

into the murders of media personnel in Balochistan, and appropriate protection

to be provided by authorities. (See the IFJ’s 2009 Situation Report on

Balochistan here).

 

However, authorities have made no

arrests for murders of media personnel in the province, including the case of Chisti

Mujahid, a senior journalist with the weekly Akbar-e-Jehan, who was shot dead in Quetta in February 2008.

 

The media

community in Gwadar, which staged protests demanding information about

Hayatan’s disappearance, declared three days of mourning for the death of their

colleague.

 

“Pakistan’s

state and federal authorities must immediately conduct a swift and credible

investigation into the murder of Abdul Hameed Hayatan. The allegations of state

security involvement must not stand in the way of a full inquiry and the

pursuit of justice to bring the perpetrators to account,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919

 

The IFJ

represents more than 600,000 journalists in 125 countries

 

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