Abdul Samad Rohani: Second BBC Reporter Killed

The International Federation of Journalists says that the abduction and murder of a local journalist working for the BBC in Afghanistan' s southern Helmand province is the latest in a series of media tragedies that underscores the need for comprehensive international action to confront the global crisis of violence against independent reporters.
Abdul Samad Rohani was kidnapped on Saturday and his body was found on Sunday afternoon in Lashkar Gah. Also on Saturday a leading journalist in Somalia was killed in another targeted shooting.

"It has been a horrifying weekend for journalists, " said Jim Boumelha, IFJ President. "Two dedicated and courageous colleagues have been struck down doing their duty in the world's most troubled regions. Their deaths must inspire us to practical action to help protect journalists. "

The IFJ sent a message of condolence to the BBC and Rohani's family and colleages. It was the second death of a BBC reporter over the weekend following the targeted shooting of Nasteh Dahir in Somalia (see here <http://www.ifj. org/en/articles/ ifj-demands- action-to- protect-journali sts-after- killing-of- somali-leader> ).

The BBC said that Rohani worked with the BBC Kabul bureau and was the Pashto service reporter for the BBC World Service in Helmand where there has been considerable violence by Taleban insurgents. He is the fourth journalist to die in Afghanistan in the past year.

"We must find these killers and bring them to justice," said Boumelha.

On Monday the IFJ was joining journalists' leaders and government representatives at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris to discuss a five-year global programme developed by the International News Safety Institute to improve protection for journalists.

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