Statement: RightsNOW Pakistan strongly condemns the attack on News Team of SAMAA TV and their Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) vehicle.

Posted: July 28, 2011 in News and Views

RightsNOW Pakistan strongly condemns the attack on News Team of SAMAA TV and their Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) vehicle. The vehicle was set on fire near Kati Pahari in Orangi Town today on Thursday.  

Those who were attacked include SAMAA TV reporter Ghayasud Din, cameraman Faisal Agahi and driver. Miscreants’ act of setting the SAMAA TV vehicle on fire indicates the level of security of journalists and media in Pakistan and rule of law situation in Pakistan. Unfortunate aspect of the situation is that despite police intervention firing continues by the miscreants.  

RightsNOW Pakistan highly appreciates the professionalism and commitment of SAMMA team for reporting the incident despite the danger to their lives. We call for inquiry into incident and demand the arrest of the miscreants involved in the incident. This is not the first time that media or journalist have been attacked in Pakistan. According to Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 39 journalists have been killed in Pakistan since 1999. Among them is the high profile killing case of Saleem Shahzad in May. Attacks on journalists and media in Pakistan have become common occurrence. In the second week of July, Pakistan’s popular TV Channel, GEO’s staff was harassed and abused by the guards of senior provincial minister, Zulifqar Mirza who has also served as the Home Minister of the Province. Guards of Zulifqar Mirza not only prevented the GEO staff from reporting by snatching away their gadgets (camera, mike, bullet-proof jackets and helmet) but humiliating them. No action was taken against the guards of the minister. This show the seriousness of the Government in the protection of media and freedom of expression.  

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