Twenty Media Workers Injured, Offices Damaged in Lahore Bombing

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) learns with great

concern from its affiliate, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ),

that 20 journalists and media workers suffered injuries of varying degrees of

severity in the lethal bombing at the headquarters of Pakistan’s military intelligence establishment

in Lahore on

May 27.

 

“The IFJ condemns this horrific terrorist attack which has taken a huge

toll of innocent civilian life,” IFJ General Secretary Aidan

White said. “At the same time, we extend our solidarity to Pakistan’s

journalists, who find themselves increasingly caught in the crossfire of

escalating conflict in the country.”

 

According to reports received from

the PFUJ, the offices of the leading Pakistani newspapers, Nawa-I-Waqt, The

Nation, Nia Akhbar, Khabrain and Ausaf, as also of the Waqt and

Channel 5 news broadcasters, suffered serious damage in the attack, which

injured several staff working in these premises.

 

The IFJ had recently joined Reporters

Without Borders in writing to the Pakistan Government to urge that

appropriate attention be given to the safety of journalists living and working

in areas of conflict.

 

An official spokesperson for the Government

was reported in local media on May 27 to have said that all necessary security

assurances were being given to the media, and advising Pakistan’s journalists to take

responsibility for their own security and to “avoid unnecessary adventurism”.

 

“It is ironic that the Lahore blast on the very same day has shown how vulnerable

Pakistan’s

journalists are, even in an environment they are entitled to regard as secure -

their own offices,” White said.

 

“We call on media owners to take all

necessary steps, including providing insurance cover and investing in

protective gear, to ensure that the conflict does not continue to take a toll

of Pakistan’s

media workers.”

 

For

further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919

 

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