Journalists physically attacked outside high court hearing in Lahore

first_img News News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Follow the news on Pakistan Organisation Receive email alerts Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Help by sharing this information News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire PakistanAsia – Pacific center_img News RSF_en PakistanAsia – Pacific August 10, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists physically attacked outside high court hearing in Lahore January 28, 2021 Find out more to go further April 21, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns the use of physical violence by lawyers against journalists that took place outside a high court hearing in Lahore on 6 August in which lawyers were being tried for an earlier case of violence against the press.“These attacks are unacceptable from very standpoint,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Firstly, they are clearly reprisals against journalists who were just doing their job. Secondly, they were carried out by people who represent the law in the very place where it is supposed to be enforced. And finally, the journalists were attacked by lawyers during a trial of lawyers for similar attacks on 30 July. These recurrences must stop at once.”The press freedom organisation added: “Although the heads of bar associations have said there will be consequences for those responsible for this violence, we support the journalists organisations that have said they must be tried according to Pakistan’s laws.”The case being tried by the Lahore high court chief justice on 6 August concerned an attack by lawyers on Nasir Masood and reporter Shaheen Atiq of C-42 television a week earlier. The hearing was brought to an end when a group of lawyers began shouting at journalists in court.Lawyers led by Lahore bar association vice-president M.R. Awan then attacked reporters and cameramen outside the courthouse and threw stones at various TV crew vehicles, smashing Geo TV cameraman A.R. Adnan’s camera and damaging other equipment.The earlier attack on the C-42 journalists took place when they filmed lawyers assaulting a policeman. These attacks can be seen in a Geo TV report posted on YouTubeSee the video: June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

RWB calls for protection for its Honduran correspondent, Dina Meza

first_img Help by sharing this information RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF_en Related documents carta_de_apoyo_a_dina_meza_de_rsf-2.pdfPDF – 159.75 KB Interior Minister Arturo CorralesSecretaría de Estado en el Despacho de SeguridadAldea el Ocotal, Antiguo local de la Academía Nacional de PolicíaTegucigalpa, HondurasParis, 9 July 2014Dear Minister,I would like to draw your attention to the repeated acts of intimidation to which our Honduras correspondent, Dina Meza, has been subjected. Reporters Without Borders is an international organization that defends freedom of information. It has consultative status with the United Nations and UNESCO. Ms. Meza, a journalist and human rights defender, is our organization’s voice in your country.Forced to leave Honduras temporarily in 2013, Ms. Meza has often asked the authorities to provide her and her family with protective measures in order to guarantee their security, as they have been directly threatened. Ms. Meza has told us that she has encountered considerable difficulties in getting in contact with the police.She recently wrote to the Interior Ministry’s special prosecutor requesting assistance, but received no reply. In her letter, Ms. Meza also reiterated her request for information about the Interior Ministry’s investigation into herself.Reporters Without Borders joins its correspondent in appealing to you to recognize the gravity of the threats against her. This is an urgent request, one that other international human rights organization such as Amnesty International and Front Line Defenders have also already made.The threats of torture and death received by Ms. Meza have increased since the start of July. These threats are made by telephone, email and even directly to her on the street. She is often followed and photographed by unidentified individuals.In the past, Ms. Meza has investigated land conflicts in the Bajo Aguán region and cases of corruption in private-sector companies. She recently carried out a regional investigation into attacks on journalists for the Salvadoran development NGO Comunicándonos. As she continues to do investigative reporting despite the attempts to intimidate her, Reporters Without Borders paid tribute to her courage by including her in its list of 100 “Information Heroes.”We urge you to treat these threats with the utmost seriousness. They are also direct attacks on freedom of information, a right guaranteed by articles 72 and 75 of the 1982 constitution, where it is written: “Everyone is free to express their thoughts by any means of dissemination without risk of prior censorship.”I thank you in advance for the attention you give to our request.Sincerely, December 28, 2020 Find out more HondurasAmericas May 13, 2021 Find out more News HondurasAmericas center_img to go further April 27, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Follow the news on Honduras Reports Christophe DeloireReporters Without Borders secretary-general July 11, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RWB calls for protection for its Honduran correspondent, Dina Meza Receive email alerts RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin Americalast_img read more