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Director-General condemns murder of journalist Shahid Zehri in Pakistan


The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay has condemned the killing of television reporter Shahid Zehri, in Pakistan’s Balochistan Province on 10 October.

I condemn the attack that claimed the life of journalist Shahid Zehri and injured his travel companion,” said the Director-General. “I trust the authorities will spare no effort in prosecuting those responsible for this crime that undermines reporters’ ability to carry out their work.

Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General

Zehri, a reporter for Metro 1 News television who regularly reported on unrest in the province, died following the explosion of a car bomb attached to his vehicle. A friend who was travelling with him to Karachi survived the blast.

UNESCO promotes the safety of journalists through global awareness-raising, capacity building and a range of actions, notably in the framework of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.


See also: UNESCO observatory of killed journalists

Media contact: Guilherme Canela de Souza Godoi, g.godoi@unesco.org