23 February 2011

Another journalist killed in Balochistan

Another journalist was killed in the volatile province of Balochistan, cementing Pakistan's position as one of the world's most dangerous countries for journalists today, say the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Abdost Rind, a reporter with the Urdu-language paper "Daily Eagle", was shot four times by unidentified assailants on motorcycles as he returned home from work on 18 February.

According to IFJ, he is the second media worker to be killed in Balochistan this year, after the death of Ilyas Nazar, who was found dead in Pidarak on 5 January.

IFJ's recent report on the 94 journalists and media workers killed in 2010 identifies Pakistan as the single most dangerous place in the world for the profession. Of the 16 journalists and media workers killed in Pakistan last year, six were in Balochistan, geographically the country's largest province, though also the most thinly populated.

"For too long, conflict and the risks for media personnel in Balochistan have gone relatively unnoticed, with most attention focused on the war consuming Pakistan's northern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and Tribal Areas," said IFJ Asia-Pacific director Jacqueline Park.

"Gunning for Media: Journalists and Media Staff Killed in 2010" details each death last year. This year's edition also includes a comprehensive account of the IFJ International Safety Fund, which provides assistance to journalists and their families who have been victims of violence or forced into exile.

Access "Gunning for Media" here (in PDF).

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