IFJ Urges Pakistan Minister to Report on Attacks Against Journalists

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists

(PFUJ) in urging Pakistan’s Interior

Minister, Rehman Malik, to request that provincial governments provide status

reports on investigations into attacks against journalists in Pakistan.


“The IFJ calls on Minister Malik and

his provincial counterparts to conduct an urgent appraisal of investigations by

local authorities into the murders of journalists, and to make public a report

stating the progress of such investigations,” IFJ

Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.


The call comes as the PFUJ and its

constituent district unions step up protests at the lack of action to address

an alarming deterioration in the security situation for journalists in the



The PFUJ, an IFJ affiliate, organised

nation-wide demonstrations on May 21 to demand action on the car-bomb murder of

senior tribal journalist Nasrullah Afridi in Peshawar, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, on May



PFUJ president Pervaiz Shaukat, who

led the demonstration in Islamabad,

said he had written to Minister Malik requesting that he seek reports from all

provincial chief secretaries and police chiefs to assess the status of

inquiries into killings of journalists. However, the PFUJ said in a statement

that the federal Government had not yet sought this advice from the provinces.


The demonstrations also voiced

criticism of media owners and their representative bodies for neglecting safety

issues for their personnel. Among demands placed before media owners were the

need for regular safety training for journalists, proper compensation for the

families of those killed and comprehensive insurance coverage for journalists

working in hazardous situations.


In Peshawar, where Afridi lived and worked, the Khyber

Union of Journalists, the Tribal Union of Journalists and the Peshawar Press

Club issued a joint resolution in memory of Afridi before conducting their protest. PFUJ secretary-general

Amin Yousuf joined the Peshawar protest, stressing the need for unity among working journalists in

this hour of acute crisis.


“The IFJ further calls for a

constructive dialogue involving all responsible sides, including media owners and

governments at the provincial and federal levels, to find a way to create more

secure working conditions for journalists,” Park said.


For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +61 2 9333 0919



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