CPJ says Journalists are under siege in Pakistan

Journalists1A media advocacy group, the Comm­ittee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has said that journalists in Pakistan are under siege and asked the government to ensure their safety.


The statement followed two recent killings in Pakis­tan.

On Nov. 3, Zaman Mehsud, a print journalist, was shot dead in Tank while last Sunday, Nov. 22 a local television reporter Hafeezur Rehman was killed in Kohat.

Journalists in Pakistan, especially in the northwest, are under siege.

“If the government in Islamabad cannot bring justice in such cases, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa authorities must step in to address the impunity with which journalists are killed,” Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia programme coordinator said.

Mr Dietz noted that journalists were victimised by all sides in Pakistan’s internal conflicts and were desperate to find safe havens from attackers.

“It is the government’s responsibility to come to their aid.

“Despite all the killings over the years, that has not happened,” he added.


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