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Journalists Killed in 2010 - Motive Confirmed: Ghulam Rasool Birhamani

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2011
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2010 - Motive Confirmed: Ghulam Rasool Birhamani, January 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e54d6ac28.html [accessed 21 December 2014]
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Daily Sindhu Hyderabad
May 9 or 10, 2010, in Wahi Pandhi, Pakistan

The body of Birhamani, 40, a reporter for the Daily Sindhu Hyderabad, was found outside his hometown of Wahi Pandhi, Sindh province, on May 10, a day after he had been reported kidnapped. The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and the media support group Pakistan Press Foundation reported that his body was badly scarred and showed evidence of torture.

Birhamani's family believed he was killed because of his reporting on ethnic issues in Sindh province, the journalists union said. A colleague told the newspaper Dawn that Birhamani's story on the marriage of a 12-year-old girl to a 22-year-old man might have been the specific trigger for the attack. Birhamani had received threats from members of the Lashari tribe just days before he was seized, the press foundation said.

Hundreds of journalists turned out for a march to protest his killing. Dawn quoted some of the demonstrators as saying that police were reluctant to investigate because of political sensitivities. The journalists union said Birhamani had worked for many years for various Sindhi-language dailies. He left behind a wife, two sons, and a daughter.

Medium:Print
Job:Print Reporter
Beats Covered:Culture
Gender:Male
Local or Foreign:Local
Freelance:No
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Mob Violence
Impunity:Yes
Taken Captive:Yes
Tortured:Yes
Threatened:Yes
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