Media Release: Pakistan
August 22, 2013
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and partners in the South Asia
Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN) join colleagues in the Pakistan Federal Union
of Journalists (PFUJ) in expressing shock and outrage at the firing outside the
office of the Express media group in Pakistan’s commercial capital, Karachi, on
sources reveal that two employees of the media group, a security guard and a
woman, were killed in the attack, carried out by four motorcycle borne
assailants. Two among the four bore weapons which they used to fire some 20
rounds at the building, seemingly targeting the security personnel.
President Pervaiz Shaukat and Secretary-General Amin Yousuf have condemned the
attack as an attack on the freedom of expression and the public right to know.
President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharief and the Chief Minister
of Sindh province Qaim Ali Shah, are all on record with strong expressions of
outrage at the attack and commitments to swiftly pursue the assailants.
incident underlines yet again that Pakistan continues to remain one of the most
dangerous countries for journalists and media practitioners”, said the IFJ Asia
call on the Pakistan authorities to follow up their words of condemnation with
action and ensure that this incident is investigated with all the seriousness
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