UN calls for justice in murder of Pakistani journalist


ISLAMABAD -- A top United Nations agency Wednesday (June 26) demanded justice for a freelance Pakistani journalist who was murdered earlier this month, as activists warned of threats to freedom of speech.

Muhammad Bilal Khan, 22, a social media activist and blogger with tens of thousands of followers across Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, was stabbed to death in Islamabad on June 16.

Bilal cast a wide net with his criticism, periodically denouncing different parts of society.

On the day of his death, he received a phone call from an unidentified person, who took him to a nearby forest and killed him, said local police.

"I condemn the killing of Muhammad Bilal Khan," UNESCO chief Audrey Azoulay said in a statement, calling for "authorities investigating this crime to bring its perpetrators to trial".

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