KARACHI: Eleven journalists fell victim to terrorism incidents during discharge of their responsibilities in the year 2013, according to a report released by the Media Monitoring Cell of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE).
It said that five of the journalists were martyred during the coverage of bomb blasts, and six others lost their lives in targeted killings.
On January 11, 2013, Samma TV’s reporter Saifur Rehman and cameraman Imran Shaikh died while covering a bomb blast at Alamdar Road in Quetta, when a second bomb exploded. A photographer of NNI news agency Muhammad Iqbal and INP news agency’s photographer Muhammad Hussain also lost their lives in the same incident.
On February 27, Geo TV’s reporter Malik Muhammad Mumtaz was shot dead by terrorists in North Waziristan.
In the same month, a reporter of a local daily, Shaikh Ali Mohsin was gunned down near his house in New Karachi locality of Karachi.
On March 01, unidentified armed men murdered Mehmood Khan Afridi, the correspondent of daily Intikhab when he was returning home from office.
On April 17, Tariq Aslam, a sub-editor of daily Pakistan was killed in a bomb blast at a corner meeting of a political party in Peshawar.
The Karachi correspondent of Baloch language Tawwar, Abdul Razaq Sarbazi, was kidnapped from Lyari in March and after 44 days his body which bore torture marks was recovered from Surjani Town area of the metropolis.
On May 24, Ahmed Ali Joya of daily Express Tribune was shot dead by unidentified armed men in Bhawalnagar.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Ayub Khattak, the correspondent of Kharak Times, was gunned down outside his house.
A number of other incidents of harassment and revenge attack also took place during the year of 2013.
In one such incident, chief reporter of the APP Khushnood Ali Shaikh was killed in a hit-and-run incident. However, his family maintains he was murdered as he had been receiving calls for extortion after he purchased a new house.
The CPNE has called for the arrest of the killers of journalists and compensation for the families of martyred news persons.