UN slams killing of Pakistani journalist—(THE NATION,FRIDAY AUGUST 26,2011)


Published: August 25, 2011

UNITED NATIONS – The head of the UN agency defending press freedom Wednesday condemned the murder of Pakistani journalist Munir Shakar and urged that his killers be brought to justice.
Shakar was a correspondent for the Online News Network and Balochi TV Sabzbagh. He was shot dead on August 14 while on his way home from the Press Club in Khuzdar.
“It is essential that the perpetrators of this crime be brought to justice as soon as possible,” Irina Bokova, Director”General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), said in a Press statement. “Journalists must be provided with reasonable conditions of security, if they are to exercise the basic human right of freedom of expression and provide people with the independent information they require to exercise their democratic rights responsibly,” she added. Shakar is the 13th journalist killed in Pakistan this year, according to the Rural Media Network, a Pakistani non-governmental organisation. Just last week, the UN human rights office urged the Pakistani Goverment to investigate numerous reports of abductions, disappearances and extrajudicial killings, particularly of journalists.
Source.The Nation

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