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Perils of reporting in Balochistan | Asia | DW.DE | 26.02.2013

Perils of reporting in Balochistan | Asia | DW.DE | 26.02.2013 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Media organizations say that 30 journalists have been killed in the restive south-western Pakistani province of Balochistan in the past four years, making it one of the most dangerous places for journalists in the world.

A recent UNESCO report ranks Pakistan "the second most dangerous country for journalists the world over" after Mexico. According to the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA), 17 journalists were killed in the whole of South Asia in 2011, 12 in Pakistan alone.

Since the start of the US-led "war on terror" in 2001, around 90 journalists are reported to have been killed in the country.

Balochistan borders Iran and Afghanistan

Experts say that the southwestern Balochistan province - which borders Afghanistan and Iran - is the most deadly place for Pakistani journalists and reporters.

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Baloch Protest against media in twitter on 11-02-2013

Baloch Protest against media in twitter on 11-02-2013 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Journalists express concern over media freedom in Balochistan

Journalists express concern over media freedom in Balochistan | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...Gul also paid tributes to the 22 journalists, who had lost their lives in the province over the past four years.

Quetta Press Club General Secretary and reporter of a leading Urdu daily, Abdul Khaliq Rind; said, “You cannot look at media’s work in isolation. You cannot write about any group. It is very difficult for us all.” Rind further said that decades of discrimination was the prime reason for intellectual and economic backwardness in Balochistan.

Khalil Ahmed, a reporter of a private TV channel, said, “We have not been given access to information, even we cannot report corruption cases.” He said that due to the geographical importance of Balochistan, the US, China, Iran and Afghanistan played a significant role in the region to protect their interests.

Irfan Rana, a reporter from a private TV channel, talked about the hazards of reporting in Balochistan. He said, “We follow blasts and are usually exposed to terrorist attacks.” Rana added that whenever journalists in Balochistan reported something, pressure groups asked them to amend it and warned of dire consequences if their “orders” are not obeyed.

Irshad Mastoi, the bureau chief of an online news agency, said, “All resistance movements approach us for coverage and political parties and some institutions also behave with us like resistant groups,” adding that political leaders force journalists to cover their specific “press release”. He observed that society was extremely militarised in Balochistan.

Shahid Rind, the bureau chief of a private TV channel, said that the media faced pressures from powerful institutions, political leaders, militants and criminals. He said, “We get dictation from all stakeholders, so we cannot follow journalistic norms, as we face threats. There are red lines and we cannot dare be objective in reporting.”

He said that dictation, censure, fear, intimidation and blackmailing by pressure groups defined journalists’ formal reporting....

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Balochistan and Pakistani media’s criminal silence – by Salma Jafar | LUBP

Balochistan and Pakistani media’s criminal silence – by Salma Jafar | LUBP | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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The overall law and order situation in the province has gone to a level that independent analysts consider Balochistan another Guatanemo where none is safe. Kidnappings, target killing and extrajudicial are order of the day of this once most hospitable and welcoming province. Security forces (FC) are attacked by the insurgents and gas pipelines blown up far too often. All this is a visible indication of a seething war hidden to the outside world because where the international media doesn’t have access, the Pakistani media has failed to inform and construct a dialogue around it. Even the ordinary Pakistani does not know of this situation due to Pakistani media’s intentional black out of the situation.

None of these maddening human rights abuses find a space as News for the Pakistani electronic and print media; which speaks of the control of corporate bosses and their paid employees’ subjugation to the agenda of state agencies and their control; also implying they are hand in glove with those forces who want to rule Balochistan through their inherited might and oppression. A few editorials or articles written are just to save face and are usually by independent analysts. The bits of information that come through some papers are usually distorted or camouflaged confusing the reader further and doing more harm than good. If Balochistan merits any news it is related to the jokes cracked by its Chief Minister; which is symbolic of the bad taste of Pakistani media; flashed as Breaking News with music to further dishonor the gravity of the situation and to keep its promise of adding insult to injury.

Most people in Pakistan have no clue what is happening in Balochistan and courtesy to the media are consumed by bizarre incidents like memogate or a much wished-by-the-media-coup. The news channels bias can be seen from the fact that even if one person is killed in Karachi or Lahore it endlessly flashes it as Breaking News, but the mayhem being caused in Balochistan is not worth mentioning by these selective moralists. On the contrary coverage is given to violations by Israeli forces and by Indian forces grippingly and Egypt, Syria and Libya find top lines and headlines. But the internal war in one part of Pakistan is no news, the internal force responsible for killing its own citizens without a fair trail is no news, the misery and suffering of the families of missing persons and extra judically killed is no news. This bias towards Balochistan has been so persistent that even various reports by various national and international Human Rights organizations are not news. HRCP, HRW, AHRC and Amnesty have been widely reporting on human rights abuses in Balochistan; but even the english papers have failed to make these as their headlines. ....

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Balochistan: who will tell the truth?.......suppression of Journalism...

Balochistan: who will tell the truth?.......suppression of  Journalism... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...On the commands of Supreme Court of Pakistan, Pakistan telecommunication authority (PTA) has blocked more than 4000 websites and blogs, some of which are regarding emerging issues from Balochistan, among them is Akbar’s The Baloch Haal. .....

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Balochistan `Unsafe' for Journalists

Quetta, December 20: Pakistan remains the most dangerous place to work, for journalists. On an average a journalist dies every month in the country leave, as...
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Editorial: Shooting the Messenger | The Baloch Hal

Editorial: Shooting the Messenger | The Baloch Hal | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The gory list of Baloch journalists being brutally killed presumably by the Pakistani intelligence agencies continues to increase with the latest brutal murder of Javed Naseer Rind. A former deputy editor of Urdu-language newspaper, Daily Tawar, and an articulate columnist, Rind was indeed a smart and professional journalist whose services and bold columns will be missed by his readers.

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The media boycott will continue – BNF - NEWS - News - Sagaar

The media boycott will continue – BNF - NEWS - News - Sagaar | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The representative of Baloch National Front has said that the boycott of Pakistani media channels would continue. 

“The Pakistani media is as much guilty as Pakistani forces are in Baloch genocide. The media is an aid to Pakistani Army by hiding Baloch genocide from the world. Pakistani media remained criminally silent during brutal military operations in Mastung, Mashkay, Awaraan, Dera Bugti and Mangochar,” said the representative of BNF.


He further said that Pakistani media is paving the way for Pakistani forces to continue their brutalities in Balochistan as and where they want. The media failed to report anything about the women and children who protested against the operation in Mangochar. 

“Pakistani media continued the same behavior during the rallies of BNF in Turbat and Karachi, which shows they are following a particular policy. Pakistani media is also a party to Baloch Genocide,” the representative said.

He added that because of this negative role of Pakistani media, the BNF would continue their boycott of Pakistani channels. We appeal the Cable operators to refrain from airing Pakistani channels otherwise they would be held responsible....

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Pakistani media silence is a war crime against the Baloch Nation!

Pakistani media silence is a war crime against the Baloch Nation! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Protest over murder of journalist Razzaq Gul – The Express Tribune

Protest over murder of journalist Razzaq Gul – The Express Tribune | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Gul is believ­ed to be the 21st media-person killed in Baloch­istan over the past three years. ...

QUETTA: Journalists in Quetta protested on Sunday against the murder of journalist Razzaq Gul whose bullet-riddled body was found dumped near his residence in Turbat a day earlier.
Razzaq Gul was a Express News correspondent in Turbat city and had been employed with the organisation for nearly 10 years as a district-based correspondent. ....

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Why I support Baluchistan | The National Baloch Media

Why I support Baluchistan | The National Baloch Media | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican, represents California’s 46th District in the U.S. House.

There has been quite a stir since I introduced a resolution this year calling for recognition of the right to self-determination by the people of Baluchistan. I drafted the measure after a Feb. 8 hearing by the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on oversight and investigations that exposed horrific violations of human rights by Pakistan security forces in Baluchistan. The U.S. State Department, Amnesty International and other human rights groups have verified and denounced the extrajudicial killings, kidnappings, disappearances, illegal detention and torture being used by Pakistani authorities to suppress Baluch aspirations to control their own affairs.

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Why Saleem Shehzad’s Murder Outweighs Killing of 10 Baloch Journalists | The Baloch Hal

Why Saleem Shehzad’s Murder Outweighs Killing of 10 Baloch Journalists | The Baloch Hal | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Now, can anyone read the questions in the eyes of Baloch journalists and Baloch people? Why is the world  silent about  the killings of Baloch journalists, including other Balochs who were killed as part of the “Kill and dump” policy of the state. On the one hand, if one journalist is killed in any other part of Pakistan, the world takes notice. On the other hand, more than ten journalists were killed in Balochistan, but no one knows about them. I believe, this all is because of the hypocritical media in Balochistan and Pakistan and a lack of interest on the part of the world community and the international media on the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Balochistan.

This is the time for the world community and international organizations working for human rights and journalists to take  notice of the extra-judicial murders of the Baloch journalists. Their silence means they are hiding their heads in the sand on the subject of Baloch genocide. Doesn’t that make them complicit with the perpetrators?

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Killing words – Balochistan

Killing words – Balochistan | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Growin­g determ­inatio­n to stop the dissem­inatio­n of inform­ation is one of the worst traged­ies a nation can experi­ence.
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