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Street in Paris renamed after slain Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad

The renamed streets are those with embassies of countries where journalists have been the victims of unpunished crimes.

One street has been renamed after a slain Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad

Shahzad who had gone missing from the Islamabad on May 29 was found dead after two days. There were signs of torture on the body of the reporter, who worked for Hong-Kong based online Asia Times and Italian news agency Adnkronos International.

His body was found by residents on a bank of a small canal in Mandi Bahauddin town, where Shahzad’s body was found.

Several Pakistani journalists have been found dead in similar circumstances, triggering protests by reporters and media organisations.

Journalists have also been killed by suspected militants in the tribal areas of the northwest, the epicentre of militancy in Pakistan.

“The cases of impunity that we are presenting are terrible symbols of passivity or deliberate inaction on the part of certain governments,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.

“This International Day is an occasion for paying homage to the victims and for reminding governments of their obligation to protect journalists and to combat impunity. Those who target journalists will one day be held to account for their actions.”

Whether they were executed, gunned down, died under torture or disappeared, these journalists paid the price for their commitment to freedom of information. Some of these cases have become symbolic. Others are less well known. In the past ten years, nearly 800 journalists have been killed in connection with their work. A total of 48 have been killed since the start of 2015.



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