UNESCO condemns killing of two Pakistani journalists
The Director-General of UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) condemned Tuesday the murders of two Pakistani journalists recently.
“I condemn the killing of Misri Khan Orakzai and of Mujeebur Rehman Saddiqui,” Irina Bokova said in a statement.
Mujeebur Rehman Saddiqui, 39, was a senior correspondent for the newspaper Daily Pakistan. He was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on September 16.
Misri Khan Orakzai, 48-year-old correspondent working for several local newspapers, was killed on September 14 also by unidentified gunmen outside the Hangdu press club, which was reportedly conducted by the Taliban militants.
“In carrying out their professional duties, they helped to uphold the basic right of freedom of expression,” she added, calling Pakistan authorities to do their utmost to bring the culprits to justice.
According to UNESCO, 39 journalists and media workers have been killed worldwide so far this year.
Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)