Journalists under threat

Journalists under threatKARACHI: A month and a half back, the press club in Khuzdar opened unannounced after being shut for over a year. The press club was shut down in August last year after its president received threats from ‘unidentified men’ shortly after a press conference was held by members from the Hindu community revealing names of […]

‘Pakistani law does not guarantee journalists’ safety’

‘Pakistani law does not guarantee journalists’ safety’ISLAMABAD: A gathering of media practitioners and legal experts was told on Thursday that there was no law in Pakistan that guaranteed the safety of journalists, and that the state – rather than protecting journalists – actually creates an enabling environment where media personnel can be targeted for doing their jobs. An official from the […]

CPJ concerned over violence against journalists in Pakistan

CPJ concerned over violence against journalists in PakistanKARACHI: Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said that in Pakistan last year’s conviction of six suspects for the assassination of Geo Television reporter Wali Khan Babar would herald a new dawn for journalists have dwindled in the face of fresh violence and the leadership’s failure to implement a series of commitments to CPJ to […]

Attack on Hamid Mir has massively damaged press freedom: PPF chief

Attack on Hamid Mir damaged press freedom

KARACHI: Secretary General, Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), Owais Aslam Ali, has said the armed attack on the life of senior journalist Hamid Mir had massively damaged the cause of freedom of the press and security of media institutions, which was required for their independent functioning. This he said while speaking at a function, organized by …

Attacks on journalists continue with impunity

Karachi: Killers are roaming the streets of Karachi. They murder with impunity. Each unpunished death makes them stronger. A case in point is the attack on Hamid Mir, senior anchorman and journalist at Geo News. His attack has left the journalist community shattered, for he was respected for his views and news. The media are …

Pakistan not safe but is producing brave journalists

Safety of journalists

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan may not be the safest place for journalism, but it does breed brave, undeterred, upright and honest journalists like Hamid Mir, who could not be silenced through violence. During the past few weeks, a sustained campaign has started where journalists are being threatened, harassed and attacked. However, Pakistani journalists are not alien to …

Wali Babar’s murder trial

Following the delaying tactics of the organised criminal gang behind the murder of journalist Wali Khan Babar and the killing of six eye witnesses, one prosecutor and, the case has finally concluded, setting an example of being a case where the killers have been prosecuted and brought to justice. Two main killers, still at large, …

Judgment in Wali Babar case

AT last, some accountability. Some days ago, a little over three years after Wali Khan Babar was shot dead while on his way home from work at a local television channel in Karachi, six people were convicted of the young reporter’s murder. Two of them, who have never been apprehended, were sentenced to death in …