Editors Guild anguished over Pak scribe`s death
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Last Updated: Friday, June 03, 2011, 16:50
New Delhi: The Editors Guild of India has expressed anguish and concern over the death of Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad and appealed to the government there to institute an impartial inquiry into it.

The Guild "urges the Pakistan government to set up an impartial inquiry to investigate the circumstances of his (Shahzad's) torture and subsequent murder," it said in a statement here.

It saluted the slain scribe's courage and fortitude in investigating sensitive matters.

"According to the Centre for Protection of Journalists, eight Pakistani journalists lost their lives last year in incidents related to their professional duties. Shahzad's death has once again brought into focus the extreme danger faced by Pakistani journalists in the course of their professional work," the Guild said.

It hailed the dedication and fearlessness of journalists in Pakistan who, despite the "clear risk" to their lives and livelihoods, "continue to perform their professional duties with a rare commitment".

Asia Times Online bureau chief Shahzad was found murdered on May 31 in Punjab province, days after he filed a report about the possible infiltration of the Pakistan Navy by al Qaeda.


First Published: Friday, June 03, 2011, 16:50

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