Journalists Assaulted While Covering Aftermath of Bombing in Pakistan

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is

informed by its affiliate, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) of

a number of journalists being injured in assaults by security forces, while

covering the aftermath of a bomb attack in the southern city of Karachi.

 

The PFUJ reports that the Karachi headquarters of the

Pakistan Rangers – a paramilitary force tasked with internal security and

border patrol duties --- was targeted by a truck-borne bomb during the early

hours of November 8. One person was killed and over a dozen injured, including

some civilians.

 

Media persons who converged on the site soon

afterwards were attacked by Rangers personnel, who prevented them from

recording events and even broke some of their equipment.

 

Among the journalists injured in the incident are Aatif

Hussain and Shakeel Baloch from Aaj TV, Naseem Adil of Samaa TV, Mehmood Riyaz

from Hero/Express TV and Babar Saleem from Dunya TV.

 

PFUJ President Pervaiz Shaukat has strongly condemned

the lawless behavior of the Rangers personnel.

 

“Preventing journalists from performing their duties

is tantamount to restricting access to information,” Shaukat said. “Such actions

violate the basic principles of press freedom”.

 

PFUJ Secretary General Amin Yousaf has called on the superior

authorities in the Rangers chain of command to take strict action against those

who manhandled journalists and broke their equipment.

 

The IFJ joins its affiliates in demanding appropriate

action and an agreed code between the media and the security authorities

dealing with modes of coverage of such contingencies.

 

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information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0918

 

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