The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has denounced the killing of two journalists in Pakistan: Malik Amanullah Khan in the capital of Dera Ismail Khan District, in the northwest of the country, and Ali Sher Rajpar, in the southern city of Padidan.
“I condemn the killing of Ali Sher Rajpar and Malik Amanullah Khan,” said the Director-General. “Bringing those responsible for these crimes to justice is essential for press freedom in the country, and for journalists’ ability to inform citizens and hold authorities to account.”
Malik Amanullah Khan, a reporter for the local Meezan-e-Adal newspaper and Chairman of the Parowa Press Club, was killed by unidentified gunmen on 30 April.
Ali Sher Rajpar, a journalist for Sindhi daily newspaper Awami Awaz, was killed outside the Padidan Press Club, of which he was the Chairman, on 4 May. He is reported to have requested police protection following threats connected to his professional activities.
UNESCO promotes the safety of journalists through global awareness-raising, capacity building and a range of actions, notably the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.
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