Almost a martyr

Shahzad Raza
An assassination attempt on Raza Rumi raises questions about safety of journalists

Almost a martyr

Raza Rumi is among few of those foolhardy who challenge the extremists in fourth most dangerous country for the journalists. It was only a miracle that he evaded bullets in a brazen assassination attempt. Otherwise, God forbid, there would have been an addition to a specific list of martyrs.

Statistics of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) show more than 70 journalists were assassinated during the last 22 years in Pakistan – a country only better than Iraq, Syria and Egypt as far as safety of journalists is concerned.

Rumi had words. His enemies had guns. Raza used his words to condemn massacres of innocent people in the streets of Pakistan. The enemies emptied their magazines to silence him. They failed. And the defiant journalist vowed to carry on with what he was already doing. Continue reading

Shaken

April 28th, 2014

The Friday Times

Mohammad Shahzad

The attack on Raza Rumi raises important questions about free speech and tolerance in Pakistan

Shaken

Columnist, anchor and author Raza Rumi escaped a terrifying assassination attempt last month in Lahore. His car was sprayed with bullets by six assailants. His driver was killed and his guard was seriously injured. Raza remained unscathed miraculously. His killers thought that they had achieved their objective but Raza was showed presence of mind by ducking at the sound of first bullet.

A thoroughly professional journalist has many unknown enemies. Journalists are harassed and thrashed by various mafias that rule Pakistan and it is a common practice. But an assassination attempt is made only when a journalist’s work has seriously risked their vested interests. Journalists have been allegedly killed by the intelligence agencies, crime mafias and religious bigots. Continue reading

Detailed Report on Raza Rumi Case by Punjab Police

ملک عمید

گزشتہ ماہ معروف تجزیہ نگار اور اینکر پرسن ایکسپریس ٹی وی رضا رومی کو گھر جاتے ہوئے لشکر جھنگوی کے ایک گروہ نے قاتلانہ حملے کا نشانہ بنایا .پنجاب پولیس کے مطابق جس گروہ نے رضا رومی کو طالبان کی مخالفت کرنے پر ٹارگٹ کیا ہے اس کی تفصیلات قارئین کے لئے پیش کی جا رہی ہیں.
Last month renowned journalist and anchor person Express TV Raza Rumi was attacked while heading towards home after his show by the Lashkar-E-Jhangvi group. Rumi was attacked on showing his opposition to Tehreek-E Taliban Pakistan. Detailed report made by Punjab Police and its translation are shared with our readers: Continue reading

GEO TV admits that it ignored other journalists

Malik Omaid

Pak Tea House

GEO TV admitted in their program “Aaj Kamran Khan Ke Sath” 23rd April 2014 that they ignored attack on other journalists including Raza Rumi and continued attacks on Express TV.

GEO TV admits that it ignored other journalists by razarumi1

Just to remind many analyst showed their anger on twitter about this shameful trend of avoiding and the attack on rival media group.

“@NadeemfParacha: Not a single word on most channels on the cowardly attack on @Razarumi.” SHAME on these channels!

— Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) March 28, 2014

Political parties condemn the attack on Raza Rumi

On 28th March 2014 Senior Journalist and Express TV show “Khaber Se Agey” Anchor Raza Rumi was attacked by unknown assailants. Raza survived the attack but his driver died. There was a huge anger and outrage on the “twitter” against this brutal attack. Lots of condemning tweets were POSTED and people from all fields took part in this outrage. Here is a collection of some tweets by the Politicians who expressed their grief on twitter. Continue reading

Protests staged nationwide condemning attack on Raza Rumi

March 29, 2014

Acoona News

Protests were staged nationwide condemning the attack on analyst and Express News show “Khabar Se Agay” anchor Raza Rumi on Saturday, Express News reported.

This was the fifth attack on the Express Media Group.

Unidentified gunmen had opened fire on Rumi’s car in Lahore on March 28, injuring him and killing his driver. The attack had taken place just a few hundred yards away from the Express News office in Raja Market. Continue reading

NA committee orders police to present report on Raza Rumi attack within 24 hours

April 03, 2014

RTI Live

ISLAMABAD:The National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage ordered the Punjab police to present an investigation report on the attack on analyst and Express News show “Khabar Se Agay” anchor Raza Rumi within 24 hours,

(Hafiz Nouman Hafeez)Issuing notices to Punjab chief secretary, Punjab secretary and the inspector general of the Punjab Police, the committee gave the order during a meeting today.

March 28 was another dark day in the history of Pakistani journalism when the Express Media Group came under a fifth attack a little over two months after three of its staffers were killed in a brazen gun attack in Karachi.

Unidentified gunmen had opened fire on Rumi’s car in Lahore, injuring him and killing his driver. The attack had taken place just a few hundred yards away from the Express Newsoffice in Raja Market, which Rumi had just left after hosting his programme ‘Khabar Se Agay’.

In the meeting of the Standing Committee today, no representative of the Punjab police was present. Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid asked the committee to take serious notice of their absence, after which the committee issued the orders.

No details regarding the attack on the Express News anchor have been shared with the committee as of yet. Continue reading