US calls for full investigation by govt of Kenya into Arshad Sharif’s killing

His work was known around the world, says US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price

US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price on Monday stated that the State Department condemned the murder of Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif in Kenya and called for an independent investigation into his death by the Kenyan government.

Ned Price, during a presser, 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.”

Ned Price also conveyed condolences to Arshad’s family members and loved ones, as well as all those who knew him.

Price went on to say that Arshad Sharif was dedicated to freedom of expression and that “his work was known around the world”.

He added that the US truly believed in the safeguarding of journalists and the right to free expression and that USAID had several programs to collaborate with governments all over the globe to strengthen those privileges and independent media.

On Sunday, senior journalist and anchorperson Arshad Sharif was killed after getting shot in his head in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.

The Kenyan authorities said the killing was a case of ‘mistaken identification’ by the police.

The journalist’s death sparked outrage in Pakistan and people are demanding a probe into his killing.


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