Nearly 160 cases of attacks on Media, Journalists and its workers have been recorded during the past one year in Pakistan.
Pakistan, Sep4, 2018: Nearly one hundred and sixty cases of attacks on Media, Journalists and its workers have been recorded during the past one year in Pakistan. According to a report release by media watchdog, during the May ,17 to April ,2018 ,157 cases of attacks and violations against media and journalists were documented across all four provinces of Pakistan including the capital Islamabad and former tribal areas which now have merged in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “That’s an average of about 15 cases of violations a month. According to the report, these violationsagainst media and journalists are included, killing of journalists, abductions, kidnappings, physical attacks and injuries, arrests, threats and specific cases of harassment.
During the year, at least five working journalists have killedin the line of duty, includingBakhshish Elahi, the Bureau Chief of K-2 Times, in district Haripur of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Anjum Muneeb Raja, a sub-editor with Urdu daily Qaumi Pukaar, in Rawalpindi Punjab, Abdul Razzaq, correspondent for ARY News TV channel, in Kasur Punjab Haroon Khan, a reporter with Such TV and a stringer for Mashriq TV, in Swabi Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Zeeshan Ashraf, correspondent for Nawa-e-Waqt Urdu daily, in Sambrail (Punjab).Report further added that 35 per cent of the total , 55 out of 157 cases were recorded in the federal capital Islamabad, making it the most dangerous place for journalists in the country.
The most targeted medium remained TV with 85 cases recorded against journalists as associated with radio and online journalism.
After Islamabad, other areas found dangerous for Pakistani journalists were Punjab the second worst with 17% of the violations 26 cases recorded,followed by Sindh with 16% 25 cases, Baluchistan with 14% 22 cases and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with 10% 16 cases. The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) no became part of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, documented the least number of overall violations at 8% of the total with 13 cases.
It was also pointed out the report that the state and its organs and functionaries as the most serious threat actors targeting media in 39 per cent of the incident, as compared to other actors such as militant groups, political parties, religious groups and criminals. The report also noted that a total of 20 cases of attacks on media houses.
INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR THE PROTECTION AND FREEDOM OF JOURNALISTS