RSF condemns killing of journalists in DI Khan -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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RSF condemns killing of journalists in DI Khan

PESHAWAR: Reporters Without Borders has condemned the killing of two journalists in a suicide bombing in Dera Ismail Khan on Sunday. “With seven journalists killed in 2008, Pakistan is now the world’s second deadliest country for the press after Iraq,” the international media watchdog said.

The journalists killed on Sunday were Muhammad Imran, 20, a trainee cameraman and Saleem Tahir Awan, 45, a freelance reporter, who worked for local newspapers. Like other reporters, police officers and civilians, they rushed to the scene of an initial gas cylinder explosion and become casualties of the subsequent suicide blast. “Awan died on the spot while Imran died in hospital,” local journalist Saeedullah Marwat told Reporters Without Borders. “Imran was sent to the scene a few minutes after the first explosion,” his colleague Ramzan Cheema said. “We need live footage, we have no choice but to go to the scene of incident even though that endangers our lives,” Marwat said.

Source: Daily Times

Date:1/6/2009