CPNE concerned on cases against newspapers
KARACHI – Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) has expressed its reservations over the registration of cases by Quetta police against publishers, editors and reporters of dailies Jang, Express, Mashriq and Intikhab under Terrorist Act for publishing statements of some defunct organizations and demanded to the governments for immediate withdrawal of such cases.
In a press release issued by CPNE, it is pointed out that Pakistan is now known as one of the most dangerous country for journalists throughout the world where 92 journalists have been killed during last ten years. In Pakistan, Balochistan is considered most dangerous area for media where 35 journalists have lost their lives during last five years as a result of terrorism activities in this province.
CPNE expressed concern that in Balochistan, it has become now every difficult for journalists to discharge their professional responsibilities and a large number of local journalists have migrated to safe areas.
It said while election fever is now on its peak throughout the country, in certain areas of Baluchistan, some defunct organizations have warned to local journalists to stay away from the coverage of election activities, otherwise they would be taken to task but regretfully to say that the government is silent over this issue.
CPNE asked the government to take notice of registration of cases against newspapers by Quetta police under Terrorist Act and demanded immediate withdrawal of such cases and to provide security to journalist community throughout the country including Balochistan.
Source: The Nation