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    Gunmen Kill Pakistani Journalist Working for U.S Media


    by NTDTelevision

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    A funeral is held for a journalist shot dead by militants in northwest Pakistan. The Taliban claims responsibility and warns that other journalists are on their "hit list."

    A funeral was held on Wednesday for slain Pakistani journalist Mukarram Khan Atif, a 43-year-old correspondent for Voice of America's Pashto language Deewa radio and a local television station.

    He was attacked and killed late on Tuesday at a mosque near his home about 20 miles north of Peshawar.

    Atif was pronounced dead on arrival at Peshawar hospital.

    According to local newspapers, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for Atif's killing.

    The Taliban spokesman called reporters and said Mukarram had been on their hit list and they finally eliminated him.

    He warned that other journalists were also on the hit list of the TTP and would be killed soon.

    Local journalists staged a protest demanding the arrest of Atif's killers after his funeral on Wednesday.

    A colleague said Atif had received threats from militants.

    [Safi Gul Mehsood, Fellow Journalist]:
    "...He had received threats even before, and recently just two months ago he was given major threats by the militants of the region for his reporting and his courageous professional attitude that he did not bother whatsoever threats he had been receiving. He did not bother about it."

    Reporters Without Borders says ten journalists were killed in Pakistan in 2011, most of them murdered.

    This makes Pakistan he most dangerous country in the world for news coverage for the second year running.