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UNESCO chief denounces killings of television journalists in Pakistan, Iraq



Jan.29,2014: The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom on Tuesday ondemned the separate killings of four television journalists in Pakistan and Iraq, calling for those responsible to be brought to trial. “Violence against the media cannot be allowed to continue with impunity,” said the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova.
In the Pakistani city of Karachi, technician Waqas Aziz, security guard Ashraf Yusuf, and driver Khalid Khan – all three employed by 'Express News' – were fatally shot on 17 January while in their television van. An extremist group has claimed responsibility for the attack. In Iraq, Firas Mohammed Attiyah, a 28-year-old freelance reporter for Fallujah TV, was killed on 20 February in a bomb attack in the town of Khaldiyah, near Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province. The attack also injured Muayad Ibrahim, a freelance reporter for Al-Anbar TV. The names will be added to UNESCO's dedicated webpage for journalists killed in the line of duty.
Source: UN





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