September 21, 2012, in Peshawar, Pakistan
Private ARY TV news channel employee Amir was killed while driving a news crew to cover violent protests in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Protesters were demonstrating against a film denigrating the Prophet Muhammad.
Amir died in a local hospital from injuries he sustained when three bullets hit the vehicle, according to The Associated Press and local news reports citing ARY TV broadcasts. While some local news reports said police were responsible for the shooting, local authorities told journalists an independent inquiry was needed to identify the source of fire.
Media Support Worker: In 2003, CPJ began documenting the deaths of vital media employees such as translators, drivers, fixers, and administrative workers.
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