World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Bomb Discovered under Senior Pakistan Journalist’s Vehicle

November 27, 2012

Bomb Discovered under Senior Pakistan Journalist’s Vehicle

The IFJ joins its affiliate the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in expressing serious concern over the continuing targeting of journalists in the country, after a bomb was discovered under the vehicle of senior TV anchor Hamid Mir on November 26, 2012, in Pakistan’s capital city of Islamabad.

Mir is the host of the popular programme Capital Talk which airs on Geo TV. According to reports verified by the PFUJ, a bomb was placed under his car but failed to go off.

Geo News reported that Hamid Mir had gone to a market in his car and, after returning home, the driver spotted a suspicious bag lying under his car. The bomb disposal squad was immediately called in to remove the bag, after which it was revealed that the bag contained half a kilogram of explosive material.

The explosives reportedly did not detonate due to faulty wiring.

In a statement the PFUJ said, “such acts amount to efforts to silence those who support freedom of expression”.

“There has been a surge in attacks on the media which is a deplorable trend. It is the responsibility of the government to provide protection to journalists who strive to provide facts devoid of bias and spin to the public”.

Pakistan ranks as one of the most dangerous countries in the world in which to be a journalist. There have been five murders of media personnel in 2012 alone.

The IFJ joins the PFUJ in calling upon the Government of Pakistan to immediately act to find those responsible for planning the attack.

The IFJ represents more than 600,000 journalists in 131 countries

Find the IFJ on Twitter: @ifjasiapacific

Find the IFJ on Facebook: www.facebook.com/IFJAsiaPacific

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Le Pen Beaten: English Congratulates Macron On French Election Win

Prime Minister Bill English has this morning congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his victory in the French presidential election. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The French Election Result

Macron is shaping as the third major test case, after Bill Clinton, after Tony Blair – on whether the aim of ‘progressive social policy’ and realities of ‘neo-liberal economic settings’ can be made to credibly co-exist within the same sentence, let alone within the decrees from the Elysee Palace. More>>

Werewolf: The Maverick On Moloka’i

Monday, April 17 was Moloka’i’s turn for some face-to-face time with Tulsi Gabbard, who is part Samoan and part haole (pakeha), a practising Hindu, and a Middle East combat veteran. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Snap Election In Britain

The election call is entirely opportunistic and self-serving and will – regardless of the outcome – put Britain in a worse negotiating position for managing its Brexit. More>>

Turkey: Observers Say Erdogan’s Constitutional Referendum Flawed

Lack of equal opportunities, one-sided media coverage and limitations on fundamental freedoms created unlevel playing field in Turkey’s constitutional referendum, international observers say. More>>

ALSO:

Westminster: NZ PM Condemns London Attack

“London is a place many thousands of New Zealanders have visited and called home, and where many more have friends and family based, so this attack feels very close to home,” Mr English says. More>>

ALSO: