Gunmen shot Siddique, local correspondent for the
Islamabad-based, Urdu-language daily Pakistan
in the town of Dargai as he was leaving a mosque on Thursday evening, according
to local press freedom group the Pakistan Press Foundation and news reports. He
died of two bullet wounds on his way to receive treatment in the provincial
In a separate incident, Misri Khan, a journalist with Urdu-language dailies Ausaf and Mashriq, was fatally shot in the town of Hangu in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on September 14. CPJ is investigating to determine the motive for his murder.
Not including Siddique and Khan, five journalists have been killed in Pakistan because of their work since April, according to CPJ research.
"Local authorities must immediately investigate the killing of Mujeebur Rehman Siddique," said CPJ Deputy Director Joel Simon. "Pakistan's death toll for journalists is a vivid demonstration of the enormous risks journalists are confronting to cover a story of global significance. It's a terrible record that the government must address."
Journalists in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, formerly known as the North West Frontier Province, operate in dangerous conditions because of the ongoing conflict between the military and armed militant groups operating in the border region with Afghanistan.