Journalists protest Shahzad's killing -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Journalists protest Shahzad’s killing

ISLAMABAD: Journalists, civil society organizations, and students Wednesday protested the brutal killing of a prominent journalist Saleem Shehzad in front of National Press Club. The protestors demanded a high-level probe into the heinous crime.

The journalists said this was not the first time a journalist paid with his life after he unearthed unpalatable facts. In the past we have been witness to the deaths of many brave journalists in Pakistan, especially in Balochistan, FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

No wonder then that Pakistan has been dubbed as the most dangerous place for journalists by Reporters without Borders, said the protestors.

Journalists in Pakistan walk a difficult terrain: they face threats both from the militants and our intelligence agencies. When journalists write or speak against terrorists they receive threats and when they expose our military’s links with terrorists they are harassed.

The protestors also said funeral prayer for Shehzad in absentia. The journalistic community also demanded the government to take corrective measures urgently to protect the lives of journalists.

Autopsy of the corpse was performed at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) and then was taken to Shehzad’s hometown Karachi for burial.
Source: Daily Times
Date:6/2/2011