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Journalists society calls to protect reporter

OUR STAFF REPORTER

LARKANA – The Sindh Journalists Society and several sisters organisations of journalists in different parts of Sindh have reiterated their calls for protections for journalists, for an independent investigation and enquiries. The Pakistan Government has failed to protect journalists commu­nity all over the country. The journalists organisations at Sukkur, Larkana, Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Khairpur, Naushehroferoze, Ghotki, Kashmore, Karnber, Shahdadkot, Dadu and all over the country are outraged by the murder of journalist Maqbool Hussain Siyal, by unidentified attackers on September 15 and deeply concerned on threats and victimisations as well as the police attacked on journalists and their arrests in different parts of country.

“It is reprehensible enough that in six years the Pakistan Government cannot ensure compliance for an award for improved wages for journalists, but they are also failing in their responsibility to protect the basic safety of journalists, said the journalists. ” Maqbool Hussain Siyal was the third Pakistani media worker who was killed this year. There was a history of journalists’ abductions and assaults and on top of the disgraceful bashing of a senior journalist two days ago on the order of a Member of Parliament. It seems the Pakistan Government has failed in its duty to ensure journalists’ safety and prove the people of Pakistan with a free media.

Several journalists of Sindh and from other parts of country had received serious threats and killing of journalists in the line of duty. The journalists organisations and their representatives included Nazir Siyal,GM Tagar, Abbas Ali Shaikh, Habib Rehman Pirzado, javed Ahmed, Banglani, Imdad Ali, Irfan Hyder and others demands a full investigation into the murder of Siyal and the police brutality against journalists and for the government to unsure those responsible for these terrible crimes are brought to justice, other wise countrywide protests will be held against such injustices. They also demanded of findings of the investigation into the murder of senior journalist Hayatullah Khan and photo-journalist Munir Sangi. It was the high time for the government to provide safety and economic stability to journalists in Pakistan.
Source: Nation
Date:9/23/2006