Pakistan Press Foundation condemns killing of two journalists in Iraq
Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), an independent non-governmental institution committed to promoting and defending freedom of expression is concerned over killing of two journalists on 9 March, 2014 in Babel province of Iraq.
Quoting the information from International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in a letter to the Prime Minister of Republic of Iraq, Quote “two cameramen namely Muthanna Abdul Hussein and Khaled Abdel Thamer, working with Al Iraqia TV Channel, were killed in a suicide bomb blast at the al Athar checkpoint at the northern entrance of the city of Hilla. Both the cameramen were covering the distribution of voting cards from the police electoral centre in the city at the time of explosion. According to IFJ statistics, 14 journalists have been murdered in the country since October last year”.
Expressing sorrow and condolence on the killing of cameramen in the line of their duty, PPF demands impartial investigation of the incident and stresses on taking steps to protect the lives of journalists in order to ensure press freedom with security in the country.
Pakistan Press Foundation