International Day to End Impunity observed

KARACHI: Like other parts of the world, the International Day to End Impunity was observed in Pakistan to pay homage to martyred journalists.

According to news broadcast by PPI Radio service on Sunday in connection with the International Day to End Impunity, Committee to Protect Journalists, an internal organisation, in its current year report, has said that Pakistan is on eighth number in the list of most dangerous countries for journalists.

According to the report, 34 journalists were killed in period 2001-2011, seven in 2012 and five in 2013 so far in Pakistan while performing duty. In Pakistan, the most killings of journalists happen while performing their duties.

Secretary Karachi Press Club and senior journalist, Amir Latif, said that Pakistan is in the list of dangerous countries in the world. He said that journalists fear about their safe return before going to perform duty.

It may be noted that the International Day to End Impunity is observed in the memory of mass killing of 58 people, including 34 journalists, in Ampatuan area, Philippines that was the worst example of tyranny on journalists in the world.

Joint Secretary of Karachi Press Club and senior journalist Shams Keerio said that it is the duty of state to protect journalists. “Journalists organisations are also struggling for rights of media men, but no significant progress has yet been achieved,” he said.

“Senior journalists are being given murderous threats in Karachi and some of them have left the city but despite that no protection has been provided to them.”

General Secretary of Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), Owais Aslam Ali, said perpetrators of violence against journalists and media workers enjoy almost absolute impunity in Pakistan. He said that 55 journalists had been killed in line of duty during the last 10 years, out of which 36 directly fell to target killing while several injured. He said that several journalists had been threatened to remain silent. Owing to such situation, some of journalists have to migrate from their areas, he added.

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