Summary On 27 May 1996, two photographers were assaulted by police officers as they were covering a religious procession commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain, the grandson of the prophet Mohammed. Shoaib Ahmed of Urdu-language daily "Jang" and Saeed Qureshi of the Urdu-language daily "Awam" were covering the procession when the officers asked them to move away. The photographers then produced their identity cards, but the officers proceeded to push and verbally abuse them. When they protested, the officers beat them, damaging their cameras in the process. Ahmed and Qureshi were later taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Summary On 29 May 1995, Aslam Gauthar, a staffer of the Urdu-language daily "Khabrain", was stabbed in Multan, Punjab province by five unidentified assailants armed with daggers and guns. The journalist arrived at the local hospital in critical condition. In a written statement, Gauhar alleged that he had received threatening telephone calls after writing a report that was critical of a federal minister. On 4 June, journalists, lawyers and opposition politicians took to the streets in protest, linking the attackers to the police chief in Multan and demanding his immediate suspension.
Summary Jang/Geo, Pakistan's largest media group has in a letter written to the top civil and military leaders, including the army chief and interior and information ministers, alleged that incidents of intimidation of its staff had increased to an alarming level since the April 19 attack on the group's television anchor Hamid Mir. The media house urged the civil and military leaders to instruct the relevant police officers all over Pakistan to meet with management of Jang/Geo and discuss security steps which need to be taken immediately. The copies of letter were also sent to the home secretaries, top police officials and director generals Rangers and Inter Services Public Relations. In the letter, Geo further said that its employees including female staff, contributors, distributors and editorial writers are being followed, and sent threatening letters. They feel feared of being attacked as been accused of being anti-state and anti-army. Geo’s Karachi Bureau Chief, who was staying at the AKU folowing the attack on Hamid Mir, was constantly followed and called a “traitor”. When he confronted his follower, he was told ‘It’s our job to keep an eye on you", the letter said. Geo cameraman Asif Kabeer who was attacked and severely beaten on April 29 as he was going to cover the Jamat-ud-Dawa and Al-Muhammadia Students rally in support of the Pakistan Army and Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) in Rawalpindi. “They called him an Indian agent and threatened to kill him.” In another incident, the residence of the investigative reporter of The News, Imdad Soomro, was attacked and burnt on April 30 in Sehwan, Sindh. The group chief executive’s car was also attacked when he visited his lawyer. As he entered the office of his lawyer, some people on motorcycles tried to smash the car window with iron bars and stones and sped away. One of the editorial writer of a newspaper of same media group “The News” received a phone call at 4 am on April 30 in Islamabad; he was told to stop writing for "The News" and threatened with dire consequences if he didn’t stop. He also found an envelope slipped under the door containing the same threat. The same letter was delivered to his Karachi residence as well. A large number of Jang Group newspaper hawkers have been denied access to many localities and have been told not to carry and deliver Jang or The News. Similarly, many newspaper agents in Sindh and Punjab provinces have received telephone calls ordering them to stop selling ‘Ghaddar’ (traitor) newspapers, the letter said. On April 30, the Geo office in Islamabad was surrounded by an unruly mob. They chanted slogans accusing the channel of being anti-state. Some of the people were seen carrying petrol bottles. The slogans rose as the channel is anti-state, anti-army, traitors and Wajibul Qatal (liable to be killed) while the police stood by and took no action.
Summary Imtiaz Alam, journalist and television anchor of “Express News” received death threats in the night of April 3, 2014 in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province. He is also the editor of quarterly South Asian Journal and secretary general of South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA). No one has claimed the responsibility of threats. Alam was on his way to home along with his driver when his driver received a call from unknown number in which the caller gave serious life threats to Alam and his family. His name was also on the top of the hit list of militants where Raza Rumi’s name was on second number. The list was issued by the Punjab government to all media houses. Militants group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi was probably behind the threats, said Alam. Condemning the attack, journalists and representatives of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) expressed deep concerns over death threats given to Alam and said that intolerance for diverse points of views had a bearing on media freedom and quality journalism. They said that edicts and threats continue to be hurled at the media and media persons, among them Alam. In a statement, representatives of media organisations said “The targeted attacks and death threats are meant to create fear among the democratic intelligentsia and the media persons. It is more disturbing that the state is failing in its responsibility to protect citizens and its writ.” “We urge the media associations to take joint stand on acts of violation of and threats to media rights and freedom of expression. Attack on one should be taken as an attack on all. It’s time that the state and the government of Pakistan fulfilled their responsibility to their citizens protecting their fundamental rights of freedom of information and freedom of expression guaranteed in the constitution.