IFJ Condemns Failure to Protect Journalists in Pakistan’s Balochistan Province


The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Pakistan Federal Union

of Journalists (PFUJ) in strongly condemning the killing of another journalist,

Abdul Qadir Hajizai, in Pakistan’s Balochistan province on May 28, 2012.


Abdul Qadir Hajizai,

who had been working with a private Balochi language TV channel, WASH

TV, for the last two years, was reportedly heading home

when armed men on a motorcycle opened fire on him in the Basima area of Washik

district in Balochistan. He was taken to a local hospital where he died.


In another incident, the

house of the President of the Turbat Press Club, Irshad Akhtar was fired upon

the same day. No one was injured in the attack.


Earlier in the month, on May 18, Razzaq

Gul, a senior journalist and reporter with Express News in Turbat City in the Kech district of Balochistan

province was also killed.


"The situation

for journalists in Balochistan is worsening each day”, the IFJ Asia-Pacific



“It is crucial that

the provincial government take immediate action to ensure that journalists are

kept safe and their killers apprehended and charged”.


“The IFJ supports the

PFUJ in its country-wide protest against the Balochistan government for its

failure to control the rising incidents of journalists' killing."


A recent estimate by

the Balochistan Union of Journalists, a constituent unit of the PFUJ, suggests

that Hajizai is the twenty-second journalist killed in the province in the last

three 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.



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