Threats to TV anchor: Media organisations demand probe

Published: December 24, 2011
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Pakistan tops the list of journalists killed in 2011 with seven, five of whom died in targeted killings, killed specifically for their work as journalists.

Pakistan tops the list of journalists killed in 2011 with seven, five of whom died in targeted killings, killed specifically for their work as journalists.

The death threats to Hamid Mir, a Geo television anchor, were condemned by South Asian Free Media Association (Safma), South Asia Media Commission (SAMC) and Media Commission-Pakistan (MC-P), said a press release on Friday.

He said he received death threats via text message for the work that he is doing. A couple of days ago, Mir circulated a detailed email message of the threats that he had been receiving.

“The authorities should immediately investigate the threats and hold those responsible for them to account in order to achieve an atmosphere of freedom of expression,” Safma Secretary General Imtiaz Alam and MC-P President M Ziauddin said in a joint statement.

“Independent journalists covering conflicts and security issues have been reporting harassment and silencing. Targeting journalists and media personnel is a troubling trend in a democratic rule. It should end immediately,” the media rights campaigners said.

Pakistan tops the list of journalists killed in 2011 with seven, five of whom died in targeted killings, killed specifically for their work as journalists. Twenty-nine journalists have been killed in the country in the past five years. There has been near-perfect impunity in the deaths of journalists for almost a decade.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 24th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Proud Pakistani Pakthoon
    Dec 24, 2011 - 7:46AM

    When will my nation ever wake up..

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  • R S JOHAR
    Dec 24, 2011 - 9:41AM

    Hamid Mir appeared on an Indian TV channel and accused the security establishments for issuing death threats but this brave journalist stated that he will not cowed down by these threats and would continue to work for the betterment of his country.

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  • waseem
    Dec 25, 2011 - 10:10AM

    LOL safma , they are indian apolgist
    ISI should investigate who killed Sean Hoare ? and what is happening to bradley manning ?
    if a journalist engages in information warefare he becomes an enemy combatant as americans say same applies in pakistan

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