Why Pakistan is the most dangerous country for journalists

Published in Daily O

By Sheharyar Rizwan

March 29th 2015

The country is still as unsafe as it was a year ago, when Raza Rumi was attacked.

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It was on this day exactly a year ago that our colleague and friend Raza Rumi luckily escaped a brazen murder attempt on his life. While Raza received only minor injuries, his young driver lost his life, for no fault of his. Raza’s car was sprayed with bullets by six men from a close distance as he was on his way home after recording a show that he anchored on Express News. A few months later, six “target killers” allegedly belonging to the anti-Shia Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LeJ) were arrested.

Supposedly they had claimed responsibility for the killing of popular Shia leaders as well as the attack on Raza for his anti-LeJ and anti-Taliban views.

Raza was and remains a liberal and outspoken voice on politics, society, culture, militancy, human rights and persecution of religious minorities. Maybe this was the reason those disagreeing with his views wanted him to go silent. Raza is thankfully alive, but has anything changed even though a year has passed since the attack? Continue reading

CPJ slams attack on Raza Rumi-The Nation

March 29, 2014

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned Friday’s attack on the senior Pakistani journalist Raza Rumi in Lahore,which killed his driver.
“We condemn this senseless violence against brave journalists like Raza Rumi, and mourn the loss of his driver,” said CPJ Asia Programme Coordinator Bob Dietz. “Critical journalists continue to face enormous risks in Pakistan.”

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/29-Mar-2014/cpj-slams-attack-on-raza-rumi