Assassination of Journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad
France condemns in the strongest possible terms the assassination of a Pakistani journalist, Syed Saleem Shahzad, correspondent of the Italian press agency Adnkronos and bureau chief of Asia Times in Pakistan.
Syed Saleem Shahzad was unanimously known for the quality and seriousness of his investigative reports, and he was very much appreciated by his colleagues and his many readers.
We express our solidarity to his family, his loved ones and his colleagues. In these painful circumstances, France pays tributes to courageous journalists who defend the freedom of speech and right to information in Pakistan, like everywhere in the world, often putting their lives at risk.
France asks the Pakistani authorities to take all necessary measures to clarify the circumstances of this tragedy, identify and try the perpetrators, and to make sure that this new crime against a journalist does not remain unpunished.