US calls for fair Kenya probe into Arshad Sharif’s murder
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The United States has condemned the killing of noted Pakistani investigative journalist Arshad Sharif in Kenya and called for an independent investigation into his death, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price during a presser urged Kenyan authorities to probe the matter. He refrained from going into specifics, saying “It’s not entirely clear that we know all the circumstances at this point regarding what led to his death, urging for a full investigation.”
Commending the work of the late Pakistani journalist, Ned Price said it’s clear that Arshad was dedicated to that fundamental right of freedom of expression, which took him around the world.
The US official also expressed condolences to the slain journalist’s family and his loved ones and the Pakistani journalist community.
When asked how Washington was helping journalists facing threat, Ned Price said Washington believes in the protection of journalists and the right to freedom of expression and mentioned that USAID has a number of programmes to work with governments around the world to bolster those rights, to bolster independent media.