JournalismPakistan.com June 26, 2012
PESHAWAR: The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has warned the media of more attacks if “negative propaganda” against them was not stopped.
In an email sent out Monday night to television channels and newspaper offices, Ihsan-ullah-Ihsan, a spokesman for the TTP said the office of Aaj News was attacked because of the channel’s “biasness”.
The attack was carried out by four gunmen at the Karachi headquarters of the channel Monday that left a guard and another employee injured.
“We the mujahideen of TTP are a party in this war so it’s obligatory on the media to broadcast the stance of both sides in accordance with the ethics of journalism,” said the email.
“Aaj News violated this basic practice and repeatedly refused to broadcast our stance.”
The email refers to the Taliban attack on the secuirty forces in Dir two days ago. “When we tried to approach the correspondent of Aaj News at its head office they refused to take our side of the story and replied with abusive language.”
The email also points to Geo TV and “some other channels” saying they too were not presenting their point of view.
“If the media do not change their policy then they will have to face the consequences. We advise journalists to be journalists and stay unbiased.”
Meanwhile, Arshad Aziz Malik, President of Khyber Union of Journalists told JournalismPakistan.com the email was authentic. “Some of our colleagues were able to contact the TTP spokesman and he confirmed he had sent this email.”
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