UNESCO chief deplores murder of journalists and media staff in Iraq Pakistan

Translator Duraid Isa Mohammed and driver Yasser Khatab, who both worked for Cable News Network, were shot dead on 27 January when a CNN convoy was attacked near Baghdad. Cameraman Scott McWhinnie was injured.In Mansehra, northwestern Pakistan, journalist Sajid Tanoli of the Urdu-language daily newspaper Shumaal, was killed on 29 January after naming the mayor of Mansehra in a report on alcohol trafficking.UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura condemned the murders, calling for better measures to protect journalists’ safety in Iraq, where 22 reporters and media staff have been killed since last March.”It is vital that the media, both domestic and foreign, be able to work in conditions of safety in Iraq if peace and rule of law are to be established in the country,” he said.Mr. Matsuura also deplored the murder of Mr. Tanoli, saying it “is a tragic illustration of the conflict of interests between crime on the one hand and press freedom, a natural ally of good governance and rule of law, on the other.”He welcomed the news that the alleged accomplices of Mr. Tanoli’s killer have been arrested, adding he trusted that the authorities would make sure the crime does not go unpunished.