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
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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