Thursday, August 25, 2011

13th Pakistani journalist killed this year

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Irina Bokova, UNESCO

Irina Bokova, UNESCO

The recent killing of a Pakistani journalist, Munir Shakar, has been condemned by Irina Bokova, head of the UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Mr. Shakar, a correspondent for the Online News Network and Balochi TV Sabzbagh was shot dead in Pakistan’s province of Balochistan on 14 August.

Charles Appel reports.

Munir Shakar was shot on his way home from the Khuzdar Press Club, according to the Rural Media Network, a Pakistani non-governmental organization.

The Rural Media Network says that Mr. Shakar is the 13th journalist killed in Pakistan this year.

Condemning the killing of the journalist, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova calls for the perpetrators of this crime to be brought to justice as soon as possible.

She stresses that journalists must be provided with reasonable conditions of security if they are to exercise their freedom of expression.

Ms Bokova says that journalists also need security in order to provide people with the independent information they require to exercise their democratic rights responsibly.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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