JournalismPakistan.com January 14, 2014
The Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has denounced the murder of journalist Zakir Ali, also known as Shan Dahar (picture), in Larkana (Sindh), and urged the authorities to prosecute those responsible for the killing.
“I condemn the murder of Zakir Ali,” said Ms Bokova. “It is important that no effort be spared in seeking out those responsible for this crime. Attacks on journalists and media workers represent a serious attack on citizens’ right to be kept informed.
"Press freedom and freedom of expression depend on the ability of journalists to carry out their work without fearing for their lives. Such crimes must not go unpunished.”
Zakir Ali, the bureau chief of news channel Abb Takk TV, was shot on his way home on evening of 31 December and died in hospital in the early hours of January 1.
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