Journalist shot dead
Geneva, Switzerland: One more journalist of Pakistan named Muhammad
Younis was shot dead by unidentified assailants on 27 August 2022 in
Jhang district of Punjab province. Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), the global media
safety and rights body expresses serious concern on the relentless
murder of journalists in the south-Asian nation and demanded stringent
actions against the culprits so that it can work as a deterrent.
It may be mentioned that Younis, who was associated with Urdu
language daily newspaper Express, was targeted by two gunmen while he
was riding his two-wheeler. The president of Shorkot Press Club died
on the spot, while the attackers fled away from the location. Local
journalists have urged Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to take
immediate action and ensure the rule of law across the country.
“As many as 86 journalists have been killed globally so far in 2022,
which is more than for the whole year in 2021 (79). Ukraine and Mexico
are leading in numbers of journo-victims whereas Asian nation Pakistan
also continues losing scribes to assailants.
Already emerged as a dangerous country for working journalists,
Pakistan earlier witnessed the killing of Iftikhar Ahmed, Hasnain
Shah, Murtaza Shar and Athar Mateen since 1 January this year,” said
Blaise Lempen, president of PEC (www.pressemblem.ch).
PEC’s south Asia representative Nava Thakuria informs that Pakistan’s
southern neighbour India also lost four journalists namely Rohit Kumar
Biswal, Sudhir Saini, Juned Khan Pathan and Subhash Kumar Mahato to
assailants till date this year.
Three journalists namely Hashibur
Rahaman Rubel, Mohiuddin Sarker Nayeem and Abdul Bari have been killed
in India’s eastern neighbour Bangladesh since
1 January 2022. Myanmar witnessed the death of a photographer (Aye
Kyaw) while in military custody during the same period.
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