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Media urged to review security procedures

June 14, 2011

File Photo of the slain journalist, Saleem Shahzad by AP

NEW YORK: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called upon all media organisations in Pakistan to review their security and safety training procedures to address the mounting number of journalists’ deaths.

The New York-based watchdog group noted two journalists died and five more were injured in a double bombing in Peshawar on Saturday night. The explosions took the lives of 36 people in all.

“Pakistan was the deadliest country for journalists last year and now and it looks like it may be again this year, with at least five killed so far,” said Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia programme coordinator.

“The government is unable to protect journalists from attacks. Therefore, media owners, managers, and journalists in the field must quickly unite and together work hard on establishing and ensuring their security.”