CPJ concerned over attack on TV journalists
NEW YORK: The Committee to Protect Journalists on Tuesday expressed concern over the attack on three Khyber TV personnel in Peshawar, saying it underscores the vulnerability of Pakistani journalists amid the deteriorating security situation.
‘This brazen daytime attack in the heart of a major City shows just how vulnerable Pakistan’s journalists are to violence from any quarter’, Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia programme coordinator said in a statement.
‘It is clear that the govt is unwilling or unable to address the impunity with which attacks against journalists take place, often leaving members of the media to fend for themselvesÂ’, he said.
The statement was issued after Hasan Khan, Khyber TV’s director of news and current affairs, during a telephone call, confirmed media reports and email messages to CPJ from other journalists that five or six men beat Khyber TV desk Editor Syed Waqas Shah, bureau chief Hazrat Khan, and Peshawar-based Editor Akhbar-e-Khyber near several government offices and police checkpoints in Peshawar.
With nine media deaths last year, CPJ said its data ranked Pakistan as the most deadly country in the world for journalists, with a record of near-perfect impunity in bringing prosecutions against journalists’ killers. Five journalists have already been killed this year in the country.
Source: The Nation