Reporters Sans Frontieres grieved over Wali Babar’s killing
PARIS: The ‘Reporters Without Borders’ has expressed grief and sorrow over the killing of the Geo News TV reporter Wali Khan Babar, the other night in Karachi.
The worldwide organisation of journalists in a statement said that Wali Khan Babar, a 29-year-old reporter employed by Geo News TV, was shot dead the other night in Karachi, a few hours after covering a police investigation in Pehlawan Goth, a violent neighbourhood in the eastern part of the city.
It said Babar was the first reporter to be killed in the field this year in Pakistan, one of the world’s deadliest countries for the media. His murder, just nine days after the fatal shooting of Punjab Governor and media owner Salam Taseer, does not bode well for 2011.
The ‘Reporters Without Borders’ offered its condolences to Babar’s family and colleagues and supported the calls by President Asif Zardari and Interior Minister Rehamn Malik for a report from the Karachi authorities about his murder. The Karachi police must conduct a thorough investigation and do everything possible to protect witnesses.
Source: The News