Media Release: Pakistan
April 19, 2012
Federation of Journalists (IFJ) expresses its deep concern at the escalating
violence faced by journalists in Pakistan, as the country goes into a phase of
intense political campaigning prior to general elections scheduled for 11 May.
from the IFJ’s affiliate, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ)
indicates that a journalist was killed and two others seriously injured in a
suicide bomb attack on a political rally in the city of Peshawar, provincial
capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
estimated fifteen dead in the attack, was Tariq Aslam, news editor of the daily
Pakistan.Azhar Ali Shah of the
same newspaper and Ehtesham Khan, a reporter for Express TV, were seriously
injured, though they are now reported to be out of danger.
appeals to media managements in Pakistan to ensure that all staff deployed in
election coverage, especially in the violence prone regions, are adequately
briefed on emergency safety drills and procedures.
The IFJ once
again underlines that media managements should respond constructively to the
PFUJ’s longstanding demand for compensation where journalists are killed or
injured on the job.
situation of news gathering equipment being insured while journalists have no
such cover, cannot continue much longer.
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