Pakistan - Attack on headquarters of local TV station in Punjab



    MONTREAL, June 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders firmly
condemns an attack on 17 June on Kook TV, a local station based in Multan, in
the east-central province of Punjab, by about 60 people who stormed into its
offices, assaulted one of its journalists, seriously injuring him, and
inflicted about 1 million rupees (10,000 euros) in damage to equipment.
    Kook TV editor in chief Zubair Naseer told Reporters Without Borders:
"Individuals driving motorcycles and cars ransacked the offices and attacked
general news reporter Mazhar Mahay, breaking his nose and arm." The station
had been receiving threats for several weeks about a weekly programme Mahay
works on. "In this programme, people whose voices are not normally heard are
able to make themselves heard," Naseer said. It was the first attack of this
scale on a TV station since a PPP-led government took over in March.
    Naseer criticised the police for arresting only two of the attackers and
for failing to carry out an investigation. "We are not satisfied with the
performance of the police," he said. "We do no know who is influencing the
authorities, but it is evident that the law enforcement agency is not up to
the task."




For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, Executive Director,
Reporters Without Borders Canada, (514) 521-4111, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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