UNESCO demands probe into Pakistani journalist’s killing
UNITED NATIONS – The head of the UN agency tasked with defending the freedom of the press, Friday, deplored killing of Pakistani journalist, Ashiq Ali Mangi, who may have been targeted for his coverage of a local feud between two ethnic groups.
“Attacks against journalists constitute a serious and unacceptable threat to democracy, which is based on the fundamental human rights of freedom of expression,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
“I welcome the statement by Pakistani authorities that the murder would be investigated thoroughly with the culprits brought to justice,” Bokova added, noting that for such crimes to go unpunished undermines respect for human rights and the rule of law.
The 30-year-old Mangi, who was murdered on 17 February, was the reporter for a private TV channel. He was reportedly riding his motorcycle on the way to the Khairpur Press Club in the town of Gambat, north of Karachi, when two unidentified men shot him and fled the scene, according to news reports.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Pakistan is the fourth deadliest country in the world for journalists in 2009.
Source: The Nation