IFJ Condemns Attack on Television Station in Pakistan

 

The International

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

of Journalists (PFUJ) in strongly condemning the attack on the office of

Pakistan’s AAJ TV in the country’s southern city of Karachi on Monday June 26,

2012.

 

According to media

reports, at least two employees of the private TV channel were injured when

four armed men opened fire at the main gate of AAJ TV office at Gurumandir in

Karachi.

 

Tehrik-i-Taliban

Pakistan (TTP), an Islamist militant umbrella group based in Pakistan, has

claimed responsibility for the attack. In a phone call to AAJ News, TTP

spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan threatened attacks against other Pakistani television

channels that did not feature the Taliban point of view.

 

“The IFJ joins the

PFUJ in demanding a thorough investigation of the attack on AAJ TV’s office

building”, IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.

 

“This attack reveals

the continued threat to the safety of media personnel in Pakistan, and

demonstrates the urgent need for effective action by the government to address

the worsening situation for press freedom in the country.”

 

This latest incident

follows similar attacks on the offices of Kawaish

Television Network (KTN) on May 11 and Geo

TV on March 20.

 

For

further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0950

 

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