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VOICE OF AMERICA REPORTER MURDERED BY TALIBAN

January 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A veteran Voice of America reporter has been shot and killed while praying at a mosque near his home in Shabqadar, Pakistan. Mukkaram Khan Atif, who also reported for the local Dunya TV station, became the tenth reporter killed in Pakistan in the past year. The Pakistani Taliban has taken credit for the assassination. Reporters Without Borders has called Pakistan the deadliest nation in the world for journalists. Mukarram’s nephew, Arshad Mohmand, told the London-based IWPR (Institute for War & Peace Reporting) that his uncle had received two death threats in less than a week. “Yet he stood firm in raising his voice against extremist ideologies. He sacrificed his life for a noble cause.”