World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


UNESCO Condemns Killings of TV Journalists in Pakistan, Iraq

UNESCO Chief Denounces Killings of Television Journalists in Pakistan, Iraq

New York, Jan 28 2014 - The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned 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 on20 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.

"It is vital that the authorities take immediate action to improve the safety of journalists and media workers, as an essential part of protecting freedom of expression and media freedoms in the country," Ms. Bokova said.

The names will be added to UNESCO's dedicated webpage for journalists killed in the line of duty.

For more details go to UN News Centre at


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Binoy Kampmark: The Fall Of Tony Abbott

The question was one of timing. The Coalition had been registering losses in poll after poll. The Abbott style hardly improved after a spill was forced on the party. Despite claiming that he would be ushering in a spring clean, he continued bypassing ministers and MPs... More>>



Pacific.Scoop: Smaller Pacific States Call For Coal Moratorium

PNG Loop: Leaders of the Pacific Smaller Island States have called on all nations – especially the advanced economies in the region – to rise to the challenge of climate change. They want to steer the world on a path where climate change is no longer a threat to earth. More>>


Austria And Germany To Take In Thousands Of Refugees

UN hails decision by Austria and Germany to take in thousands of migrants and refugees at Hungary border More>>

On International Day, Ban Calls On People Everywhere To Act

On International Day, Ban calls on people everywhere to act charitably in the face of human suffering More>>

Peace Deal ‘first Step’ In Resolving South Sudan Crisis

Children at a protection of civilians site in Juba, South Sudan, run by the UN Mission, perform at a special cultural event in March 2015. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine More>>

Yemen: Killing Or Maiming An Average Of Eight Children A Day

Killing or maiming an average of eight children a day, ‘brutal’ Yemen conflict must end – UNICEF More>>

Changing Habits/behaviours Key To Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy

Vaccine hesitancy can be caused by factors such as negative beliefs based on myths, misinformation. Fear of needles can be a factor for refusal. Photo: PAHO/WHO More>>

Burundi: Ban Condemns Assassination Of Senior Army Officer

Refugees from Burundi in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: OCHA/Naomi Frerotte United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the assassination Burundi’s former Army Chief of Staff, Colonel Jean Bikomagu, who ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news