The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is
horrified to learn of the brutal attack on Hafiz Mohammad Imran, a reporter for
the Duniya TV news channel, by an unidentified mob in the city of Sialkot in Pakistan’s
intercepted outside his home in the Ghauspura-Hajipura area of Sialkot on the evening of
August 29 by a group that arrived on motorcycles, according to the IFJ
affiliate, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ).
reporter was violently assaulted and pushed against a wall before a crowd
gathered, forcing his assailants to flee the scene. Imran suffered fractures to
his arms and injuries to his shoulders.
is shocked by the brutality of the attack on Hafiz Mohammad Imran and demands
that the assault be swiftly investigated and the perpetrators of this violence
feel the full force of the law,” IFJ General Secretary Aidan
The IFJ is
informed that the attack on Imran may have been related to his role in
capturing TV footage of a brutal public lynching of two brothers in Sialkot city on August 15.
coverage of the murders compelled Pakistan’s authorities to respond.
An investigation into the lynching by a specially empowered team of the city’s
police is believed to have submitted its report on the same day that Imran was
to media reports, two local police officials at the sub-inspector level, Gulzar
Khan and Abdul Rasheed, have since surrendered before the law after being named
by the special investigation for negligence.
The IFJ is
informed that Pakistan’s
Interior Minister Rehman Malik had taken a personal interest in this case and
assured Imran of all necessary protection when he visited Sialkot on August 22.
the Punjab Union of Journalists (PUJ) has written to Pakistan’s
Interior Minister and the Chief Minister of Punjab Province,
reminding them that Imran’s coverage of the August 15 lynching was the key to
alerting law enforcement authorities, and reassuring the families of the two brothers
who were killed that justice would prevail.
joins with its affiliate the PFUJ in condemning
this incident in the strongest terms, and reminds those responsible that
journalists will not be intimidated by violent acts that crudely attempt to curtail
free and independent reporting of the news,” White said.
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