Unesco chief speaks out against killing of Pak reporter
UNITED NATIONS – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with upholding press freedom Wednesday condemned the killing of a television journalist in Pakistan, who was shot while covering attacks on a Ahmadi worship place.
Ejazul Haq was killed on 28 May in Lahore while reporting through his mobile telephone at the scene of one of the incidents, with television reporters hearing both the shots that killed him and his last words.
“It is tragic that [Haq] paid with his life for his professional dedication,” said Irina Bokova, DG of the UNESCO. She voiced hope that Pakistani authorities enhance the safety of media professionals, “who are being made to pay an unacceptably heavy sacrifice to the fundamental human right of freedom of speech and to our right to be informed of events that concern us.”
UN human rights experts called on the Pakistani Government to take every step to ensure the safety of religious minorities, noting that numerous early warning signs had not been properly heeded.
Source: The Nation