Pakistani journalist beaten in head during protests, accuses police in the attack

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Azam Khan, a Pakistani journalist who freelances for Thomson Reuters Foundation, is recovering from head injuries sustained on Sunday while covering anti-government protests in Islamabad. Khan said police beat him with clubs outside the parliament building and accused the media of stirring up the protests. He was returning to the …

Journalist bodies ask Afghan govt to release Pakistani journalist

ISLAMABAD: Journalist bodies have demanded the Afghan government to immediately release Pakistani journalist Faizullah Khan, who had mistakenly crossed the Afghan border and was sentenced to four years prison sentence by the Afghan authorities. “It is amazing that Pakistan is accommodating 3.5 million illegal Afghan immigrants; however, a journalist who mistakenly crossed the border was …

President confirms efforts for the release of Pakistani journalist

Karachi: President Mamnoon Hussain said today that all-out efforts are under way for early release of Pakistani journalist Faizullah Khan, who is imprisoned in Afghanistan. Talking to a journalists’ delegation, he said, if needed, he would personally talk to President Hamid Karzai for the release of Faizullah. The delegation informed the President that an Afghan …

Pakistan asks Karzai to pardon jailed journalist before Eid

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday appealed to Afghan President Hamid Karzai to issue a pardon to a journalist facing a four-year jail term in Afghanistan for “contacting terrorists”. Faizullah Khan, a reporter with the Pakistani private TV channel, ARY News, was arrested in April by Afghan security forces in Nangarhar Province. He was sentenced earlier this …

Kabul asked to release Pakistani journalist

ISLAMABAD: Mediapersons and politicians on Wednesday expressed their resolve to use all influence with the Afghan authorities to ensure the release of Pakistani journalists Faizullah Khan. Last week, the Karachi based reporter was convicted by a Jalalabad court to serve a four year jail on charges of spying as he entered the country without legal …

Hamid Mir and the state

Attack on Hamid Mir damaged press freedom

Hamid Mir and the stateThe outrageous attempt to murder Hamid Mir, arguably Pakistan’s most prominent TV anchor today, is just one more exposure of the utter breakdown of governance throughout Pakistan which, not to put too fine a point on it, is tantamount to the ultimate disaster of state failure. This is not because of …