Pakistan Security Forces Fire at Media Team


International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) demands Pakistan’s Government and senior security officials

abide by United

Nations Security Council Resolution 1738 after security

forces reportedly opened fire on journalists in Pakistan’s

North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) just after granting the team permission to

enter the Swat Valley conflict zone.


AVT Khyber

cameraman Malik Imran and his driver,

Mushtaq, suffered serious bullet

injuries on June 9 when security forces fired at a vehicle carrying a team of

journalists who were on their way to report on the conflict between Pakistan’s

armed forces and insurgents in the Lower Dir district.


Khyber TV reporter

Lihaz Ali and a photographer for a national daily paper, Abdul Majeed Goraya, escaped injury.



are difficult times for Pakistan,

but it is outrageous that security personnel would fire on a media team, especially as the journalists had just been given permission

to enter the area,” IFJ General Secretary Aidan White




latest attack on journalists blatantly contravenes Security Council Resolution

1738, which requires that national governments – and their armed forces – must

protect journalists and media workers reporting in war zones, in accordance

with their status as civilians.”


The IFJ joins its affiliate, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), in calling on Pakistan’s

Government and Army Chief to explain the incident and conduct an immediate

high-level investigation.


The PFUJ said

the journalists told the Khyber Union of Journalists that the incident occurred

after they had registered with security authorities at Dargai, near Peshawar, and received permission to enter the conflict




forces then reportedly shot at the media team as soon as it entered the area,

the journalists said. It remains unclear whether the shots were fired by personnel

who had given the team permission to enter.



reports that Swat, Deer, Malakand,

Bonair and other areas of the war-torn NWFP have been off limits to journalists

and media workers. The only source of information about operational

activities in these areas has been statements issued by the Inter Services

Public Relations (ISPR), an arm of

the military.


“This is nothing but a direct

impediment against independent reporting by the media and a suppression of the

rights to freedom of press and expression,”

the PFUJ said.


“Any government strategy of shutting

down media reporting of a major conflict deprives all civilians in Pakistan

with necessary information about their safety. Shooting at journalists who have

taken appropriate measures to access the war zone is a war crime.”


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