Geo News reporter, cameraman shot at in Kohat
KOHAT: A Geo News reporter and a cameraman were injured after falling off a motorcycle
when unidentified men opened fire on them on Rawalpindi Road in Kohar on Saturday.
As per details, Syed Yasir Shah, who is a senior journalist, and the cameraman accompanying
him were shot at by two masked motorcyclists on their way back from Attock after covering the
Makhad Sharif Urs.
Shah, while talking to this correspondent over a phone call, said that they were injured as a result
of falling off their motorcycle due to firing. The assailants also tried to chase us after the attack
but fled later, he added.
Both the injured were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital, Kohat. Fortunately, both of
them remained safe from gunshots.
Shah is a senior correspondent of Geo News, working since 2007. He had been receiving threats
for a long time.
This is the second time the Kohat correspondent has been attacked in this year. A group of
unidentified assailants detonated explosives and shot at Shah's residence in Kohat on March 21.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) released its White Paper on Global Journalism
in 2020, ranking Pakistan as the fifth worst country for journalists, with at least 138 journalists
murdered since 1990 and 42 killed in the last four years.
As per Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Pakistan is one of the world’s deadliest countries for
journalists, with three to four murders each year that are often linked to cases of corruption or
illegal trafficking and which go completely unpunished
The organisation last year ranked Pakistan 150 out of 180 countries on its press freedom list.