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KhUJ stages protest against journalist’s murder

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Union of Journalists (KhUJ) on Friday staged a protest demonstration to condemn the murder of tribal journalist Ibrahim Jan.

Jan was gunned down by armed assailants as he was on his way to home after interviewing Taliban spokesman Maulvi Omar in the Bajaur Agency on Thursday. He was correspondent for the Urdu language daily Express and Express News channel. Led by Peshawar Press Club (PPC) President Mohammad Riaz and KhUJ General Secretary Khalid Khan Kheshgi, the journalists marched from the press club to Governor’s House. They were carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans, demanding the government provide protection to journalists in the tribal and settled areas. The protesting journalists also staged a sit-in near Governor’s House.

Government: Speaking on the occasion, the KhUJ general secretary slammed government’s failure to protect journalists.

Kheshgi said that this was not the first time that a journalist had been targeted in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). He said that the government remained silent while journalists were being killed, kidnapped and tortured. He said that some hidden forces were terrorising the media to stop them from reporting facts, but that such tactics would never stop them from performing their professional duties. PPC President Mohammad Riaz said that the murder of Jan and other journalists in the FATA showed that the government was providing them enough security. The journalists peacefully dispersed after offering fateha for the soul of their slain colleague.
Source: Daily Times
Date:5/24/2008