KARACHI: Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) has filed 60 Right to Information (RTI) requests to know about the progress and status of the cases of journalists murdered across the country in the line of duty during 2002-2013.
In a statement issued here on Monday, Secretary General PPF, Owais Aslam Ali said that Pakistan was amongst the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists and violence against journalists in Pakistan goes unchecked because those who are involved and who attack journalists enjoy complete impunity.
He said that cases of journalists’ murders are not being properly investigated and prosecuted, therefore to check the status of cases, police investigation report of journalists murdered during 2002-2013 in all four provinces and FATA, we have sent information requests to Interior Ministry Government of Pakistan and Home departments of Sindh, Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan provinces.
According to statistics, nine requests were sent to Interior Ministry under Freedom of Information Ordinance-2002, fifteen requests to Home Department, Government of Sindh under the Sindh Freedom of Information Act 2006, four requests to Home Department, Government of Punjab under the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013, 14 requests to Home and Tribal Affairs Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013, and 18 requests were sent to Home and Tribal Affairs Department, Government of Balochistan under the Balochistan Freedom of Information Act 2005.
Owais Aslam said that by getting the required data we can get the exact position of journalists’ cases and then advocacy at the government level and journalists’ associations will be conducted to raise voice against violence against journalists and ensure freedom of press in Pakistan.