Journalism Pakistan
World: Libyan TV host Ahmed al-Sanussi arrested after reporting corruptionNewsroom Pakistan: Dictatorship and Drawing: Akhtar Shah's satirical journey through martial lawsNewsroom Pakistan: Absa Komal condemns sexist remarks during talk show appearanceWorld: Over 60 media and civil society organizations call for open access to GazaCensorship and career: Working as a journalist in the UAEAsia: Journalists face charges in India for reporting alleged police misconduct and mob lynchingNewsroom Pakistan: Paid Praise: How government endorsements by influencers violated ethical standardsAsia: Censorship in India: Media's battle for freedom under Prime Minister ModiNewsroom Pakistan: Anchor Ayesha Jahanzaib alleges abuse by husband, FIR filedWorld: Unveiling the future: How AI is reshaping global news reportingNewsroom Pakistan: Debt and mismanagement bring PTV Sports to the brink of collapseAsia: Taliban shutter and seize Kawoon Ghag radio station

CPJ decries journalist murders in Pakistan, demands swift justice

 JournalismPakistan.com |  Published June 22, 2024

Join our WhatsApp channel

CPJ decries journalist murders in Pakistan, demands swift justice

NEW YORK—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says it is deeply disturbed by the ongoing killings of journalists in Pakistan, with six fatalities reported in 2024 so far. CPJ calls on Pakistani authorities to swiftly investigate the recent fatal attack on veteran journalist Khalil Jibran and hold those responsible accountable.

On the evening of June 18, unidentified assailants fatally shot Jibran, a reporter for the privately owned Pashto-language broadcaster Khyber News, in the Landi Kotal area of northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. According to news reports and the local press freedom group Pakistan Press Foundation, two armed men dragged Jibran, the former president of the Landi Kotal Press Club, out of his vehicle. The assailants ordered three other individuals traveling with Jibran to exit the vehicle, stating they were not targets. The gunmen then opened fire on Jibran, killing him instantly.

"Pakistan authorities must urgently bring those responsible for the killing of journalist Khalil Jibran to justice and take immediate steps to end the wave of violence against reporters in the country," said CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Beh Lih Yi. "The only way to reassure Pakistani journalists of their safety is for authorities to stop the cycle of impunity that allows these attacks to continue unabated."

Police arrived at the scene nearly an hour after the attack, reported Pakistani newspaper Dawn, citing local residents. Jibran sustained 19 bullet wounds and an arm fracture, suggesting a physical struggle between him and the attackers, according to doctors at a local hospital. He is survived by his wife and six children.

As of June 20, no suspects had been apprehended, stated Qazi Fazlullah, president of the Tribal Union of Journalists and a reporter for Geo News. Fazlullah informed CPJ that local journalists are advocating for a judicial commission to investigate the murders of journalists amid a severe pattern of impunity.

Jibran had received threats from militants over the past decade in relation to his journalism. He survived a hand grenade attack in 2014 and an explosive device planted under his car in 2017, which did not detonate. In the past two years, he faced a resurgence of threats related to his reporting for Khyber News, where he documented militancy with the help of government and army sources, Fazlullah added.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has seen a dramatic surge in militant attacks since the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, also known as the Pakistani Taliban, exited a ceasefire with the Pakistan government in 2022.

Pakistan's Information Minister Attaullah Tarar did not respond to CPJ's request for comment. CPJ also contacted Saleem Abbas Kulachi, district police officer of Khyber district, which encompasses Landi Kotal, but received no reply.

At least five other journalists have been killed in Pakistan this year, including Kamran Dawar, based in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's North Waziristan district. CPJ is investigating the motives behind these attacks.—A CPJ News Alert

 

Dictatorship and Drawing: Akhtar Shah's satirical journey through martial lawsDictatorship and Drawing: Akhtar Shah's satirical journey through martial laws

 July 12, 2024:  Explore the journey of Akhtar Shah, a renowned satirical cartoonist in Pakistan, as he shares his early inspirations, creative pro...

Absa Komal condemns sexist remarks during talk show appearanceAbsa Komal condemns sexist remarks during talk show appearance

 July 12, 2024:  Dawn News TV anchor Absa Komal has spoken out against the persistent sexism she faces in the media industry. Highlighting an incid...

Paid Praise: How government endorsements by influencers violated ethical standardsPaid Praise: How government endorsements by influencers violated ethical standards

 July 11, 2024:  The recent controversy in Punjab where actors and social media influencers were paid to praise the government's 100 days in office...

Anchor Ayesha Jahanzaib alleges abuse by husband, FIR filedAnchor Ayesha Jahanzaib alleges abuse by husband, FIR filed

 July 10, 2024:  Prominent anchor Ayesha Jahanzaib has revealed that she has been subjected to months of domestic abuse by her husband, Haris Ali, ...

Debt and mismanagement bring PTV Sports to the brink of collapseDebt and mismanagement bring PTV Sports to the brink of collapse

 July 10, 2024:  PTV Network, especially its flagship channel PTV Sports, faces a severe crisis due to financial mismanagement and debt. Despite a ...

Arshad Sharif's widow details justice journey in emotional vlogArshad Sharif's widow details justice journey in emotional vlog

 July 10, 2024:  In an emotional vlog, the widow of journalist Arshad Sharif, murdered in Kenya nearly two years ago, shares her arduous journey to...

The invisible hand: How censorship shapes Pakistani journalism todayThe invisible hand: How censorship shapes Pakistani journalism today

 July 09, 2024:  Explore the profound impact of censorship on Pakistani journalism. Delve into the challenges faced by journalists, the erosion of ...

PFUJ welcomes Kenyan court's ruling in Arshad Sharif casePFUJ welcomes Kenyan court's ruling in Arshad Sharif case

 July 09, 2024:  The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) commends the Kenyan High Court's decision to compensate the family of murdered jo...

Newsroom
Libyan TV host Ahmed al-Sanussi arrested after reporting corruption

Libyan TV host Ahmed al-Sanussi arrested after reporting corruption

 July 12, 2024 The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of Libyan TV host Ahmed al-Sanussi, who was arrested in Tripoli. CPJ condemns the lack of information on his detention and demands his safe return. Al-Sanussi is known for reporting on local politics and government corruption.

Over 60 media and civil society organizations call for open access to Gaza

Over 60 media and civil society organizations call for open access to Gaza

 July 12, 2024 More than 60 media and civil society organizations, including The New York Times, BBC, and CNN, have signed an open letter urging Israel to grant independent access to Gaza for journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists coordinated the letter amid rising concerns over press freedom and misinformation.

Censorship and career: Working as a journalist in the UAE

Censorship and career: Working as a journalist in the UAE

 July 11, 2024 Explore the challenges and opportunities expat journalists face in the UAE, with insights from Imran Naeem Ahmad, a former Gulf News journalist. Discover the impact of censorship, career prospects, and the reality of working for leading newspapers like Khaleej Times and Gulf News in Dubai.

Journalists face charges in India for reporting alleged police misconduct and mob lynching

Journalists face charges in India for reporting alleged police misconduct and mob lynching

 July 11, 2024 The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) calls on Uttar Pradesh police to drop their investigation into journalists Zakir Ali Tyagi and Wasim Akram Tyagi. The journalists are accused of inciting religious enmity through social media posts about a Muslim resident's death in an alleged mob lynching.

Censorship in India: Media's battle for freedom under Prime Minister Modi

Censorship in India: Media's battle for freedom under Prime Minister Modi

 July 11, 2024 Since Narendra Modi took office, Indian media has faced increasing censorship and government control. This article examines media suppression and highlights the strategies journalists and news organizations use to navigate these challenges, preserving press freedom in India.