Journalism Pakistan
Latest:
Opportunities: 2024 Climate Journalism Award: Honoring excellence in environmental reportingWorld: Russian court sets trial date for U.S. journalist Evan GershkovichJSchool: How AI is shaping the future of journalismDigital Connections: TikTok enhances revenue options for content creatorsOpportunities: LNJAR offers legal assistance to journalists worldwideFeatured: Unveiling the truth: Why Pakistani TV channels are losing credibilityFeatured: Shouting matches and disrespect: The new face of press conferencesWomen in Media: Indian author Arundhati Roy faces prosecution over 2010 Kashmir remarksOpportunities: IWMF offers funding opportunities for female journalists worldwideNewsroom Pakistan: PTV Sports terminates Rashid Latif's contract amidst controversyDigital Connections: YouTube unveils new features to boost creator engagement and monetizationWomen in Media: Journalist Sophia Huang Xueqin sentenced to five years in China for subversion

IFJ concerned over increase in violence against journalists in Pakistan

 JournalismPakistan.com
 November 28, 2017

IFJ concerned over increase in violence against journalists in Pakistan

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has expressed serious concern over the increasing incidents of attacks on journalists and violations of journalists’ rights in Pakistan.

The IFJ urged the Pakistan government to ensure a safe reporting environment for journalists.

 In Kohat, television journalist Aleem Haider Zaidi was shot and injured in an attack under mysterious circumstances near his house in Garhi Atta Khan on November 24.

Zaidi parked his motorcycle outside his house and fell down as he received a gunshot. He sustained a head injury but is reportedly in a stable condition. The police have launched an investigation. The motive behind the attack could not be ascertained, according to a report.

 Meanwhile, three journalists were subjected to attacks as the security agencies cracked down on a political protest in Rawalpindi on November 25.  Senior reporter Qamar Munawar of Dunya TV and Channel 24 reporter Sadam Mangar sustained injuries while senior photojournalist Tanveer Shahzad of Dawn was attacked by protesters on Murree Road. Two reporters of Geo News – Tariq Abul Hassan and Talha Hashmi were also injured while covering the protests. The DSNG vans of Samaa, Abb Takk, and Geo were attacked and damaged.

The protesters on November 22 attacked two senior photojournalists as they covered the clash with the police. Muhammad Asim of Dawn and Jahangir Chaudhry from Jang sustained minor injuries as a crowd with staffs attacked them. They also attempted to snatch their cameras.

On November 24, paramilitary forces detained five tribal journalists and a press club employee after a magnetic bomb was discovered beneath the car they were riding in Landi Kotal. Four journalists were freed after 12 hours while the owner of the car – Khalil Afridi – was still detained and grilled for the magnetic bomb, according to the Freedom Network Pakistan.

 The detained journalists were Khalil Afridi of Khyber News channel, Farhad Shinwari of Mashaal Radio, Mehrab Shah Afridi of Tribal News Network, Umar Shinwari of Pakistan Television and Imran Khattak of Khabrain newspaper.

 The IFJ said: "The IFJ is seriously concerned by the spike in attacks, threats, and harassment of journalists in Pakistan and urges the Pakistani authorities to ensure a safe reporting environment for journalists across the country to ensure independent journalism and freedom of the press.” – IFJ media release/Photo: pakistan.liveuamap.com

PTV Sports terminates Rashid Latif's contract amidst controversyPTV Sports terminates Rashid Latif's contract amidst controversy

 June 15, 2024:  PTV Sports has terminated Rashid Latif's contract, sparking controversy and speculation. Despite a recent extension, Latif's depar...

Pakistan Task Force on Journalist Murders formed to ensure justicePakistan Task Force on Journalist Murders formed to ensure justice

 June 14, 2024:  Freedom Press Unlimited, in collaboration with the government and civil society activists, has launched the Pakistan Task Force on...

Imran Riaz released after court discharges fraud caseImran Riaz released after court discharges fraud case

 June 14, 2024:  Journalist Imran Riaz Khan was released by Lahore police after a court discharged him from a fraud case. The court found insuffici...

Ameen Rajput's tragic end highlights struggles of jobless journalistsAmeen Rajput's tragic end highlights struggles of jobless journalists

 June 14, 2024:  Journalist Ameen Rajput's tragic death underscores the severe economic hardships faced by unemployed journalists. His story highli...

Journalists protest controversial defamation law in Punjab AssemblyJournalists protest controversial defamation law in Punjab Assembly

 June 13, 2024:  Journalists stage a walkout during the Punjab Assembly's budget session in protest against a new defamation law, highlighting conc...

Journalist Sanaullah Khan's bold question stuns post-budget press conferenceJournalist Sanaullah Khan's bold question stuns post-budget press conference

 June 13, 2024:  At a post-budget press conference in Islamabad, journalist Sanaullah Khan's pointed question about budget allocation and accountab...

Finance minister announces restoration of health insurance scheme for journalists and media workersFinance minister announces restoration of health insurance scheme for journalists and media workers

 June 12, 2024:  Federal Finance Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb announces the restoration of a health insurance scheme for journalists and media worke...

Imran Riaz's arrest sparks legal battle Imran Riaz's arrest sparks legal battle

 June 12, 2024:  Journalist Imran Riaz Khan was arrested at Lahore Airport while leaving for Hajj and remanded in police custody for one day on fra...

Newsroom
2024 Climate Journalism Award: Honoring excellence in environmental reporting

2024 Climate Journalism Award: Honoring excellence in environmental reporting

 June 18, 2024 The 2024 Climate Journalism Award celebrates innovative climate reporting with approximately $2600 prizes in five categories. Apply now to honor excellence in environmental storytelling.

Russian court sets trial date for U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich

Russian court sets trial date for U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich

 June 18, 2024 The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urges Russian authorities to release U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich and drop all charges against him as his trial begins on June 26. Gershkovich has been detained for over 14 months on unfounded espionage charges.

LNJAR offers legal assistance to journalists worldwide

LNJAR offers legal assistance to journalists worldwide

 June 17, 2024 Discover how the Legal Network for Journalists at Risk (LNJAR) defends press freedom worldwide. LNJAR provides crucial legal support to journalists and media outlets facing threats and legal challenges, ensuring they can work without fear.

Unveiling the truth: Why Pakistani TV channels are losing credibility

Unveiling the truth: Why Pakistani TV channels are losing credibility

 June 17, 2024 Discover the key factors behind the declining credibility of Pakistani TV channels, from sensationalism and political bias to the influence of advertisers and ethical lapses. Learn what can be done to restore public trust and uphold journalistic integrity.

Indian author Arundhati Roy faces prosecution over 2010 Kashmir remarks

Indian author Arundhati Roy faces prosecution over 2010 Kashmir remarks

 June 16, 2024 Indian author Arundhati Roy is facing prosecution over her controversial remarks on Kashmir made in 2010. The legal action highlights ongoing tensions and freedom of speech issues in India.