UNESCO decries killing of Pakistani journalist

The UN agency tasked with defending press freedom on Wednesday condemned the murder of Pakistani journalist Faiz Mohammad Khan Sasoli and asked the government to bring those responsible to book.

Updated: Jun 30, 2010, 23:44 PM IST

Washington: The UN agency tasked with
defending press freedom on Wednesday condemned the murder of
Pakistani journalist Faiz Mohammad Khan Sasoli and asked the
government to bring those responsible to book.

Sasoli, a correspondent for Aaj Kal newspaper and
Independent News of Pakistan agency, was shot as he was
driving his car in Khuzdar district in Baluchistan province on
Sunday.
He had previously received death threats and survived
two attacks in the past 12 months.

Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), in a statement
today called on the authorities to do everything in their
power to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice.

"If impunity is never acceptable, it is even less so
when it concerns protecting the right to information and the
freedom of expression, which is the guarantor of democracy,"
she said in a statement.

According to Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists
another journalist, Haji Wasi Ahmed, was murdered in Khuzdar
in April 2009, and a third journalist, Chishti Mujahid, in
2008.
Earlier this month, television journalist Ejazul Haq
was shot and killed while covering an attack on the Ahmadi
community in the city of Lahore.

PTI