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Ray
03 Aug 06,, 21:56
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Attacks on media on the rise, says Intermedia report

Staff Report

PESHAWAR: Attacks on the media in Pakistan have increased considerably over the last six months. Ten attacks on the media were reported in July by a non-government media development organisation in its monthly report on ‘The state of media in Pakistan’.

Islamabad-based Intermedia said that eight journalists were “harassed and tortured” in those 10 attacks on the media. “The statistics show that June (13 incidents), March (11 incidents) and July were the most difficult months for the media this year.”

The report said that seven of the attacks were on journalists and three on property owned by various media organisations.

The total number of such incidents across the country this year is 58, according to a report by an international NGO, Internews, last week. “Three journalists were detained illegally in July and another three were tortured or injured, while two journalists were given death threats. Geographically, Sindh province proved to be the most dangerous for the media in July with four attacks on journalists, followed by Punjab with three and the tribal areas with one.”

On July 3, Dadu police registered a case against local journalist Ghulam Rasool, reportedly on the behest of a ruling party leader, and arrested him, Intermedia reported.

On July 14, reporter Adeel Khan and cameraman Qasim Khan of the ARY One TV channel were thrashed in Karachi by a mob protesting the assassination of Shia scholar Allama Hasan Turabi.

The same day in Dera Ghazi Khan, police registered a case against local journalist Akhtar Gujjar for writing crime reports, which “gave the police a bad name”. On July 15, Turabi’s followers fired at a van of the Geo television channel in Karachi. The same day in Quetta, police cordoned off the Quetta Press Club for over 10 hours, but cited no reason for the act.

On July 20, Mustahsan Nadeem, senior reporter at a Lahore-based Urdu daily, was badly beaten up by his editor and editor’s gunmen “for refusing to influence the judiciary in a criminal case”. On July 21, Mehboob Shah Afridi, a local journalist in the Khyber Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, was threatened with death by the activists of a religious group led by Maulana Shakir “for reporting on the group’s activities”.

On July 22, Nadeem Ahmed, Ghotki-based reporter for the Sindhi daily Koshish, was arrested in a kidnapping case that was registered eight years ago. A day earlier, Ahmed was shot and injured by unidentified men. On July 31, unidentified men torched several copies of various newspapers in Gojra town of Punjab and stopped their distribution.
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This is unfortuante.

Just as things were on the mend, some zealous chaps go and bash up the journalists.

There is no doubt that some of the journalists are rank scoundrels and but thrashing them up does nobody any good.

What do you feel?

gilgamesh
05 Aug 06,, 05:17
This is unfortuante.

Just as things were on the mend, some zealous chaps go and bash up the journalists.

There is no doubt that some of the journalists are rank scoundrels and but thrashing them up does nobody any good.

What do you feel?

Sir, depends on the context. Pakistan is on international radar, and their prior record doesn't help either. But honestly, I wouldn't mind taking a swing at some of our own... :biggrin:

Archer
15 Aug 06,, 03:49
wrong thread