Pakistan – Attack against journalist Hamid Mir-Statement made by the Spokesperson of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs [fr]
(Paris, April 22, 2014)
France condemns the attempted assassination on April 19 in Karachi of Mr. Hamid Mir, a journalist for "Geo News.” It wishes him a speedy recovery and assures him of its sympathy.
We call on the Pakistani authorities to bring those responsible for this attack to justice and assure them of our support in the fight against terrorism and all forms of intolerance.
Attacks against journalists threaten the freedom of expression and the freedom of information, i.e. the very foundations of democracy. France attaches the utmost importance to ensuring that journalists are able to work in safety everywhere. This is the aim of the resolution on the protection of journalists that we supported and which was adopted in November 2013 by the UN General Assembly.