PFUJ concerned over killing of journalists

Monday, April 19, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Expressing grave concern over killing of two mediapersons in a short span of 24 hours, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has urged the government to come to the rescue of journalists as situation is getting worse in Balochistan and Pakhtoonkhwa. It is getting more difficult for mediapersons to perform their duties without fear.
Journalists and mediapersons’ lives are at stake and time has come that all stakeholders and the government take measures for their safety and protection. Referring to Saturday’s incident at Kohat in Khyber-Pukhtunkhwa, the PFUJ said that Azmat Ali Bangash, a correspondent of a private channel for Orakzai Agency was among those killed in the blast at the IDPs camp. The slain correspondent lost his life while performing his professional duty.
Expressing concern and sorrow over this incident, the PFUJ pointed out that the killings and injuries to mediapersons warrant government attention and it had become imperative that while they are performing assignments in such a terrible and odd environment, they should be provided training and protection.
The PFUJ said in a hostile and harsh environment, the mediapersons are forced to perform their duties but in case of their death media owners play the role of a silent spectator, which is a most condemnable act.