Director-General urges investigation into murder of Pakistani reporters Abdul Khaliq and Mushtaq Khand
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today denounced the recent murder of two Pakistani journalists and called on authorities to investigate the killings and bring the culprits to justice.
“I condemn the murder of Adbul Kahliq and Mushtaq Khand,” the Director-General said. “I am deeply concerned about attacks on journalists and media workers in Pakistan and call on the authorities to bring those responsible for these crimes to justice. It is essential that the basic human right of freedom of expression be respected, and journalists allowed to carry out work without having to fear for their life.
“I wish a full and speedy recovery to those injured in the attack that cost Mr Khand his life,” Ms Bokova added.
Abdul Khaliq, also known as Abdul Haq Baluch, was shot by unidentified gunmen on 29 September in Khuzdar, in the south-western province of Balochistan. Mr Khaliq had worked as a reporter for ARY News TV and two newspapers, the Daily Awan and Tawar.
Mushtaq Khand, a reporter for privately-owned Dharti TV, was killed when gunmen opened fire on a public meeting in Khairpur, in the south-eastern province of Sindh, on 7 October. Several other people were killed and injured in the attack.
Eight journalists have been killed in Pakistan this year alone. They are remembered on the dedicated web page UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.
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UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”