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Int'l press body condemns of journalists in US

BRUSSELS, Aug 27 (KUNA) --The International Federation of Journalists condemned Wednesday's shooting attack in the US State of Virginia in which journalist Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, both working for CBS affiliate WDBJ7 TV station, were killed by a gunman during a live interview from a shopping center in Moneta.
"This is a shock horror murder of two media staff which will appall the world journalists' community," said IFJ President Jim Boumelha. "Our hearts go out to the victims' families, colleagues and to the US media community as a whole," he said in a statement.
"This terrible incident serves a sad reminder that violence against journalists is spiraling out of control all around the world," added IFJ General Secretary Beth Costa.
"While the risk zero will never exist in journalism, such attacks make a compelling case for some ground security measures for media professionals doing live reporting from the field," she said.
The Brussels-based IFJ represents more than 600,000 journalists in 134 countries. (end) nk.ibi