This article was originally published on ifj.org on 6 November 2014.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) deplore the brutal assassination of a journalist in Sindh province yesterday [November 5, 2014] and demand the immediate arrest and persecution of the murderers. The IFJ said Pakistan leads its global death toll as the most dangerous country for journalists and media workers, outranking Syria and Iraq in journalist killings for 2014.
Jewan Arain, a journalist of Dharti TV, was killed in Ghambat Khurha, Sindh, in Pakistan’s Southeast, on November 5. According to reports, a group of people opened fire on him when he was on the way to his office at about 3pm. He died at the scene as a result of his injuries.
The motive behind the killing has not been established, however, other journalists in Sindh believed it was related to his profession and staged a protest demanding the killers’ arrest.
This week, the IFJ and the South Asia Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN) wrote an open letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif calling for him to recognize November 2 as Pakistan’s National Day to End Impunity and to respond to a call to action.