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Journalists Killed in 2009 - Motive Confirmed: Janullah Hashimzada

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2010
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Shamshad TV
August 24, 2009, in Jamrud, Pakistan

Three unidentified gunmen fired at the Afghan journalist and his colleague, Ali Khan, while they were traveling on a public minibus near the town of Jamrud, Khyber Agency, northwestern Pakistan, according to local and international news reports.

A white car carrying the gunmen intercepted the bus with Hashimzada and Khan as it was en route to Peshawar from the Afghan border town of Torkham, according to The Associated Press. The gunmen targeted the journalists, killing Hashimzada and severely injuring Khan, according to AP. No other injuries were reported.

Both journalists worked for Afghanistan's Shamshad TV.

Hashimzada, the station's Peshawar-based bureau chief for Pakistan, also reported for AP, the Pajhwok Afghan News agency, and other news outlets, the reports said. No one claimed responsibility for the killing, according to news reports.

Hashimzada was known as a critic of the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, and his reports had challenged authorities and intelligence agencies in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, the reports said. "He received threats four weeks ago to leave Peshawar and not report Taliban and Al-Qaeda activity in Pakistan. It is clear ... he lost his life for reporting," Danish Karokhel, director of Pajhwok Afghan News agency, told CPJ.

Job:Broadcast Reporter
Beats Covered:Politics, War
Local or Foreign:Foreign
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Political Group
Taken Captive:No


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