Pakistan Press Freedom Report January-April 2005

Eleven incidents of attacking and suppressing media and its correspondents have been taken place from January to April 2005 in Pakistan. Two reporters from tribal areas were killed in an attack during this period. Numbers of journalists were injured in these attacks. In this period there were cases of baton charging on journalists, reports of throwing bombs, illegal detentions, attack on Lahore Press Club, and ransacking and smashing offices of newspapers by intolerants elements including government’s officials came into front. The motives behind all these incidents seemed to be reminiscent of the authoritarian age when dissidents were subjugated.

On February 7, three journalists returning in car from Sararogha, South Waziristan, where Taliban warlord Baitullah Mehsud had given himself up to the Pakistani authorities, were ambushed. Two of them, Amir Nawab Khan, a cameraman with APTN-broadcast news agency-and a reporter with Pakistani daily The Frontier Post, and Allah Noor Wazir , reporter with Pakistani Khyber TV, the daily The Nation and German news agency DPA, were killed. One Anwar Shakir, correspondent of Agence France-Presse in Wana, was injured. Local official said the attack had been an attempt to sabotage the peace agreement between the authorities and Baitullah Mehsud.

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