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Pakistan Task Force on Journalist Murders formed to ensure justice

 JournalismPakistan.com |  Published June 14, 2024

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Pakistan Task Force on Journalist Murders formed to ensure justice

KARACHI—Freedom Press Unlimited, in collaboration with the government and civil society activists, has announced the formation of the Pakistan Task Force on Journalist Murders. This initiative aims to critically monitor the investigative and prosecution process related to journalist murders, maintaining pressure on the authorities by keeping the issue in the public eye.

The announcement was made during a panel discussion titled "Media and Democracy: An Essential Partnership" on Friday. The event, organized by the Centre of Excellence in Journalism at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in Karachi, featured prominent journalists Hamid Mir, Adil Jawad, and Lynne O’Donnell, with Amber Rahim Shamsi serving as the moderator.

The creation of the task force marks a significant step towards addressing the alarming rate of journalist murders in Pakistan. Over the years, numerous journalists have been targeted and killed, often with impunity. This new task force aims to ensure that these cases are investigated thoroughly and that those responsible are brought to justice.

Hamid Mir, a well-known journalist and panelist at the discussion, highlighted the importance of such initiatives in safeguarding press freedom. "Journalists in Pakistan have long faced threats and violence. The establishment of this task force is a crucial step towards ensuring their safety and holding perpetrators accountable," he said.

Adil Jawad emphasized the role of civil society in supporting the task force's efforts. "Civil society activists and organizations play a vital role in maintaining pressure on the authorities. We need to work together to ensure that justice is served for every journalist who has been silenced," he added.

Lynne O'Donnell, an international journalist, shared insights on global practices in protecting journalists and ensuring justice. She stressed the need for transparency and accountability in the investigative process, stating, "The international community is watching. Pakistan must demonstrate its commitment to press freedom by thoroughly investigating these crimes."

Amber Rahim Shamsi called for continuous public engagement and awareness. "Keeping the issue in the public eye is essential. We must not let the voices of our journalists be silenced," she urged.

The establishment of the Pakistan Task Force on Journalist Murders is a collaborative effort that seeks to bring about real change. By monitoring the investigative and prosecution processes, the task force aims to end the cycle of violence against journalists in Pakistan.

Photo by Muzhira Amin (courtesy: Dawn.com)

 

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