Journalist’s murder: SAFMA, SAMC seek judicial probe
LAHORE: South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) and South Asia Media Commission (SAMC) has demanded judicial probe into the killing of a journalist, Syed Saleem Shahzad, after abduction in Islamabad.
“We are outraged at Shahzad’s killing after mysterious disappearance. It is greatly worrying that such gruesome events have been happening frequently against the backdrop of Pakistani state’s fight against militants,” said SAFMA Secretary General Imtiaz Alam and SAMC Secretary General Najam Sethi in a joint statement.
“Journalists find it difficult to perform their duties as both parties the state agencies and the militants target them with impunity,” they said. While South Asia has mourned the killing of at least 20 journalists, 12 of them from Pakistan, in 2010, Shalizad’s death is the fourth this year in the line of duty.
Source: The News