KARACHI: The incident of target killing of media people considerably reduced in 2013 in comparison with the year 2012. According to Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE) media cell report issued here on Tuesday, 11 media people were killed during terrorist activities in 2013 out of which six journalists lost their lives as a result of target killing and five at the time of the coverage of bomb blast incidents in Peshawar.
On the other hand, 16 journalists were killed in 2012 as result of target killing. According to CPNE report, 98 journalists have been murdered during last 13 years but neither a single culprit has been arrested so for nor the government has provided any financial relief to families of the victims.
Those who were murdered in 2013 included Malik Muhammad Mumtaz, Correspondent of Jang & Jeo TV, Mehmood Khan Afridi, Correspondent, daily Intikhab, Abdul Razzaq Sarbazi, Correspondent Tawar monthly, Ahmad Ali Joya, Reporter daily Express Tribune, Ayoub Khattak, Reporter Kark Times and Sheikh Ali Mohsin, reporter of a Karachi daily. The media peoples who died while covering bomb blast incident included Saifur Rehman and Imran Sheikh, Reporter and Cameraman of Sama TV, Muhammad Iqbal, Photographer NNI News agency, Muhammad Mohsin , Photographer INP News Agency and Tariq Aslam, Reporter daily Pakistan.
The other incidents of harassment and victimization of media people reported in 2013 were two attacks on Daily Express Media House at Karachi by a banned religious organization, murder of 4 family persons of Hafiz Muhammad Hussaini, a correspondent of a local Urdu daily for exposing criminal activities of a land lord of Larkana, murder of son and daughter-in-law of senior journalist of Hyderabad by unknown assailant, attack on ARY News TV Team by drug mafia at Tando Adam, Sindh, attack on Balochi Magazine Twar Karachi office by unknown armed person who took away computers and other costly equipments, suspension of Urdu and Balochi TV Transmission for 44 day in some cities of Baluchistan on the threats of a political organization and murder of the son of Abbas Jalbani, correspondent of English daily in Thatta