The International Federation of Journalists
(IFJ) and its affiliate the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ)
strongly condemn the attack on the office building of television broadcaster Geo TV in Karachi, Pakistan’s
largest city, on the morning of Tuesday March 20.
During the attack, armed motorcyclists fired
upon the private television broadcaster's buildingand smashed the
windows of the news channel's satellite van. Reports indicate that no injuries were
sustained during the attack.
The shooting follows another incident on Monday
March 19, where it was reported that Geo
TV’s digital satellite cable wires were cut and the technicians sent to
repair the wires were threatened.
In a statement, PFUJ President Pervaiz
Shaukat said the latest attack on the Geo
TV building reflected an increasing incidence of violence against the media
He called upon the government to immediately find and arrest those responsible.
PFUJ Secretary-General Amin Yousuf also announced that if the attackers were
not brought to justice, the PFUJ would stage a country-wide protest.
“The IFJ joins the PFUJ in demanding a
thorough investigation of the attack on Geo
TV’s office building”, IFJ Asia-Pacific
Director Jacqueline Park said.
“Authorities must respond with urgency to the
alarming regularity of attacks against journalists in Pakistan, and
end the impunity which prevails for murder, assault and abduction of media
personnel across the country”.
many as ten journalists were killed and many more injured, making Pakistan the
most dangerous country for journalists for the second year in a row.
Earlier this year,
senior journalist Mukaram Khan Atif waskillednear his home in Shabqadar
Town, Charsadda, in Pakistan’s central Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa province on January 17, 2012.
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