BY Tommy Hodgson

Pakistani blogger killed for his work

An independent blogger, Muhammad Zada Agra, was murdered in the Malakand district of the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan.

Agra was shot and killed in his hometown city of Sakhakot. He was 32 years old.

Agra edited a Facebook page 'Citizen Journalist PK', which also had a YouTube page, that covered social issues within the district. The month before his death, a a public meeting took place in which Agra denounced the heavy state of corruption in the area, especially in regards to the growing drug trade. A video was circulated on social media, where Agra called out drug traffickers as well as local politicians in the area as being complicit. 

Afterwards, Agra complained about being harassed by Malakand's deputy police commissioner and that he should be held responsible in the event of any “foul conspiracy” resulting in his death. The commissioner, along with an assistant, has since been suspended.

Sources: https://cpj.org/data/people/muhammad-zada-agra/
https://rsf.org/en/news/pakistani-blogger-murdered-exposing-local-drug-trafficking