CPJ concerned at threats to journalists
NEW YORK (May 27 2007): The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed serious concerns at reports of a spate of threatening announcements and phone calls directed at journalists in Pakistan. A CPJ statement said that on Tuesday by the ethnic Muhajir Rabita Council closely associated with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.
The party allied to President Pervez Musharraf, listed 12 journalists by name and identified them as “enemies”. “And today, Syed Huma Ali, president of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, received threatening phone calls from an unnamed caller as Ali was preparing to board a plane for a meeting of the International Federation of Journalists in Moscow,” according to Mazhar Abbas, PFUJ’s secretary general.
“Threats against journalists are mounting in Pakistan and the government must take immediate steps not only to protect journalists, but to actively seek out and bring to justice those that would harm them,” said Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia programme co-ordinator.
Source: Busness Recorder