The Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia condemns the murder of J. Dey, the highly-respected investigative journalist and crime reporter, in Mumbai, and the recent killing in Pakistan of the acclaimed Syed Saleem Shahzad. At the time of their deaths, each were working on stories of great importance: Jyotirmoy Dey had exposed Mumbai’s powerful oil mafia and money-launderers, Syed Saleem Shahzad had revealed how al-Qaeda militants had infiltrated the Pakistan Navy.
Both were providing a brave and vital service to their societies when they were killed for doing their jobs well. Between 1992 and 2010, 27 journalists were killed in India, while in Pakistan Syed Saleem Shahzad was the 37th journalist murdered in the last 16 years. It is not enough for officials and politicians to condemn these killings. They must bring those responsible to justice, and recognize the essential role journalists perform.
FCC South Asia Executive Committee