Newspaper editor beaten up in Jacobabad
Abdul Rehman Afridi, editor of a local newspaper “Daily Sitara” in Jacobabad, and also vice president Jacobabad Press Club, in Sindh province was beaten up by five persons on September 8, allegedly for publishing news stories about mismanagement in distribution of relief material among flood affected people of the area by district government.
Afridi said he was beaten up supporters of Mir Aijaz Hussain Khan Jakhrani, Federal Minister for Sports of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party led by his cousin Wali Jakhrani.
According to press reports, Wali Jakhrani along with his companions entered the office of daily “Sitara” threatened Afridi with dire consequences if he published such news in his newspaper. They attacked Afridi by punching, kicking and beating him with wooden sticks. Afridi received injuries on his arms, shoulder, back and legs and was rushed to the local hospital for treatment.
Office bearers of Jacobabad Press Club, who contacted Federal Minister Jakhrani, did not receive a satisfactory response and were told the minister would investigate the matter.
Afridi has also lodged a complaint with the police.
Source: Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)