Reporter killed in Quetta, journalist injured in kidnap attempt in Tribal Areas

first_imgNews Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder April 16, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporter killed in Quetta, journalist injured in kidnap attempt in Tribal Areas News Receive email alerts RSF_en PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the death of Samaa TV cameraman Malik Arif in a suicide bombing at a Quetta hospital today in which five other journalists – Noor Elahi Bugti of Samaa TV, Salman Ashraf of Geo TV, Fareed Ahmed of Dunya TV, Khalil Ahmed of Express TV and Malik Sohail of Aaj TV – were injured. The journalists were at the hospital to film a gathering by Shiites in support of a Shiite businessman who had been the target of a murder attempt. Seven other people were killed in the bombing, which bore the hallmarks of a Sunni jihadist action. Help by sharing this information Organisation News to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists PakistanAsia – Pacific April 21, 2021 Find out more “When all the businessman’s friends and all the journalists had gathered at the hospital, a suicide bomber came up, opened fire and then blew himself up in the middle of the crowd,” Quetta-based journalist Malik Siraj told Reporters Without Borders. A journalist for 30 years and father of four children, Malik Arif was the second journalist to be killed in Pakistan since the start of this year. One the eve of his death, he recorded a message for the TV station stressing the vital importance of crime reporters.“It is playing with death to work as a journalist in Bajaur,” a journalist in this Tribal Area told Reporters Without Borders after yesterday’s attempted abduction of one of his colleagues, Imran Khan, in Khar, a town in Bajaur. Khan and his sister were both seriously injured when resisting the kidnap attempt by armed militants.“We firmly condemn targeted violence against journalists in the Tribal Areas,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Taliban leaders must give a clear undertaking not to target journalists while the army must provide the media with better security guarantees in both the Tribal Areas and Balochistan, where the situation is currently worsening.”Around 10 gunmen tried to abduct Khan from his home in Khar. Witnesses said they managed to escape “purely by chance.” They are currently hospitalized in Peshawar.Their father, Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, who was also a journalist, was fatally shot on 22 May 2008 as he was returning from interviewing a Taliban spokesman. Several journalists from Bajaur said they thought the people responsible for their father’s murder were also behind today’s kidnap attempt.Reacting to the allegations, Azam Tariq, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, accused the “pro-American media of spreading disinformation about the Taliban.”The army claims to have been in control of Bajaur since last month, but several journalists have recently left the region after being threatened by insurgents. “We receive threats, sometimes death threats,” Reporters Without Borders was told by a journalist who has stayed. “The government is aware of this but no action has been taken to make us feel safer.”In February, insurgent threats forced state-owned Radio Pakistan to stop retransmitting Pashto-language programmes produced by the US government’s Voice of America radio station. The Taliban had threatened to blow up Radio Pakistan’s installations if it continued to broadcast “American propaganda.”VOA has launched its own Pashto-language station, Deeva Radio, targeted at the inhabitants of Pakistan’s Tribal Areas. Another Pashto-language station, Shamal (The Torch), has been started by Radio Free Europe, which is funded by the US congress.A Taliban group in the Orakzai Tribal Area threatened to take reprisals against Samaa TV, a Pakistani station, in February after it reportedly broadcast footage of a rebel chief inflicting corporal punishment on a young man who had not let his beard grow.Meanwhile, an armed group in the southwestern province of Balochistan that is opposed to the province’s independence has been bombarding the press club in Khuzdar with threatening letters and phone calls. Called Baloch Musallah Difah Tanzeem (Baloch Armed Defence Group), it has threatened to kill journalists who continue to cover the activities of the provinces pro-independence parties. Gunmen have also visited the press club several times. The group began drawing attention to itself at the start of 2010 by its threats against the press.The press club’s president, Khan Muhammad, told Reporters Without Borders that solidarity demonstrations were held today in several of the province’s towns. The media in Balochistan are caught in the crossfire between the security services, which are the allies of the jihadi groups, and the Baloch armed organisations.Pakistan was ranked 159th out of 175 countries in the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Follow the news on Pakistan January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

NYC loses $2.5B in property taxes, gets $1B from FEMA

first_imgIn total, officials estimate that the pandemic has cost the city $10.5 billion in tax revenue, according to the New York Post.The city is getting $1 billion more in income tax than it expected, thanks in part to Wall Street’s huge rally last year, and is also cutting some spending. But it has to close annual deficits in the neighborhood of $4 billion in the coming years.A windfall from the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Thursday afternoon will help. Sen. Charles Schumer, the incoming Senate majority leader, said President-elect Joe Biden had agreed to reimburse the remaining 25 percent of $8 billion that New York spent on Covid response last year. That will bring the city and state about $1 billion each.FEMA had already covered the usual 75 percent of disaster expenditures, but Biden will grant a waiver to cover the rest of the cost, Schumer said.[NYT, NY Post] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsBill de Blasiocharles schumerPolitics Sen. Charles Schumers aid President-elect Joe Biden agreed to assist NYC. (Getty)Property tax revenue did not plunge with the city’s economy last year because assessments preceded the pandemic. This year, New York won’t be so lucky.The travails of hotels, office buildings and other real estate will cause property tax revenue to fall by $2.5 billion next year, the largest drop in at least three decades, the New York Times reported. The market value of those commercial properties fell 15.8 percent.“This is just a total economic dislocation for certain industries,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday. “We’ve never seen anything like what’s happened to the hotel industry. We’ve never seen Midtown in the situation it is now.”Read moreWalmart cuts off cash to pols who opposed election certificationNational Association of Realtors among biggest donors to “sedition caucus”Buttigieg hints at ripping up urban highways Message*center_img Full Name* Email Address* Share via Shortlinklast_img read more