Editors Guild anguished over Pak scribe`s death

Last Updated: Friday, June 3, 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 3, 2011 - 16:50

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