7 journalists, 3 media workers killed in 16 months (repeating on request)


Karachi: Seven journalists and three media workers were killed from January 2013 to April 2014 in Pakistan, said ‘Press Freedom Report -2014’ issued by Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) here Friday on the eve of World Press Freedom Day.

Every year, May 3rd is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. 2014 Theme is: Media Freedom for a Better Future: Shaping the post-2015 Development Agenda.

3 May was proclaimed World Press Freedom Day the UN General Assembly in 1993 to serve as an occasion to inform citizens of violations of press freedom.

According to the PPF Press Freedom Report 2014, seven journalists were killed from January 2013 to April 2014.

Mohammad Iqbal of NNI News Agency was killed in a suicide blast in Quetta on Jan 10, 2103.

Imran Shaikh and Saif ur Rehman of Saif ur Rehman were also in the same attack.

Malik Mumtaz of Jang Group was murdered in North Waziristan, FATA, on Feb 27, 2013.

Mehmood Ahmed Afridi of Daily Intikhab was murdered in Kalat district of Balochistan on March 1, 2013.

Tariq Aslam of Daily Pakistan was killed in a suicide attack in Peshawar on April 2013.

Shan Dahar, reporter of “Abb Takk” TV channel was shot on the night of December 31, 2013 in Badh town of Larkana district, Sindh province. He was shot in his back and was taken to the hospital where he remained unattended until he succumbed to his injuries in the early hours of January 1.

Pakistan Press Foundation conferred PPF Press Freedom Award 2014, carrying a cash award of Rs100000 (US $1000) on Shan Dahar.

Three media workers were also killed from January 2013 to April 2014.

They were Waqas Aziz Khan, Muhammad Khalid and Muhammad Ashraf of Express News, murdered in Karachi, the capital of Sindh province, on January 17, 2014.

The Press Freedom Report said 14 journalists were injured from January 2013 to April 2014.

Rajib Ali Soomro, working for many media outlets was beaten up by police in Jacobabad, Sindh on Jan 21, 2013.

Zahid Rehman on The News was injured when a policeman kicked him, fracturing his right hand finger, in Karachi on March 8. 2013.

Azhar Ali Shah on Daily Pakistan and Ihtisham Khan on Express News were injured while covering a political rally in Peshawar on April 16, 2013.

Imtiaz Chandio of Awami Awaz was thrashed while covering a political program in Hyderabad on May 14, 2013.

Samin Jan of a Dunya News TV channel was beaten up by doctors in Peshawar on July 05, 2013.

Ejaz George of Capital TV was injured while covering a political rally in Lahore on August 26, 2013.

Sardar Shafiq of Urdu Daily was beaten up by unidentified person in Abbottabad, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on October 12, 2013.

Shakeel Qarar of Dawn News and Qamarul Munawar were beaten up by police in Islamabad on October 19, 2013.

Syed Shariq Hussain of CNBC, and Raza Abdi were injured while covering an Ashura procession in Karachi on Nov 13, 2013.

Shams Keerio of Daily Aaino was beaten up by political activists in Karachi on Dec 17, 2013.

Hamid Mir of Geo News was injured in a gun attack in Karachi on April 19, 2014.

The report said eight other journalists survived different attacks. They were Jamshed Baghwan of Express News, Raza Rumi of Express News, Asghar Thaheem of Sindh Express, Mir Kamal Syed Nai Baat, Owais Tohid of ARY News, Shahid Hameed Rind of ARY News, Sabir Shakir of ARY News and Zafar Wazir of AVT Khyber & Dunya News.

According to the report, seven media houses were targeted in six attacks.

Grenades were lobbed to the office Business Recorder House, and Nawa-i-Waqt, ARY TV in Karachi on Feb 17-18, 2014.

On December 2, 2103 office of Express Media Group was attacked with grenade in Karachi.

Unidentified men opened firing on the building of Express Media Group in Karachi on August 16, 2013.

Larkana Press Club in Sindh province braved arson attack on May 28, 2013 in Larkana town.

The buildings of Independent News Pakistan (INP) in Islamabad and Daily Tawar newspaper in Karachi also faced arson attacks.

Five journalists Imtiaz Alam of Express News/ SAFMA, Israr Ahmed of The Nation, Essa Khankhel of The News and Geo TV, Farhan Affendi of ARY and Javed Chaudhry of Express TV received life threats.

Lahore Press Club in Lahore, Aaj TV in Islamabad and Cable Operators Association in 14 districts of Balochistan province also received threats.

In a separate bid to stop freedom of expression, the provincial government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Jan 28, intervened and stopped the ceremony to launch Malala Yousufzai’s book ‘I am Malala’ scheduled at the University of Peshawar.

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