TV journalist fears fatal fate after coverage of Sialkot killing
PESHAWAR: The Paris-based organisation Reporters Without Borders asked the federal government and Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Wednesday to protect a private TV channel’s journalist, Imran Shehzad.
Apparently, the 27-year-old journalist was targeted in Sialkot because his coverage of the execution of two brothers resulted in 17 people including police officers, being arrested on murder charges.
According to reports, the airing of the incident, and especially the fact that the police looked on without taking any action, had such an impact that the Supreme Court intervened. Reports state that Imran had been hospitalised after being badly beaten outside his Sialkot home on August 29 by two undentified that had arrived on a motorcycle. The press freedom organisation also called on TV station executives to discuss how they could protect their reporters, who were increasingly the target of violence. According to Imran’s report, the killing on August 15 had taken place after a dispute over a cricket match and stated that a man in a police car threatened him.
Source: Daily Times