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Offended Islamists besiege Pakistan’s impartial newspaper

By Related Press

Wednesday, December 04, 2019, 16:30
By Related Press

A Pakistan man reads a duplicate of the Daybreak English-language newspaper at a newspaper stall in Karachi on Might 20, 2018. (RIZWAN TABASSUM / Newpaper24)

ISLAMABAD — Dozens of offended Islamists swarmed the constructing of an impartial Pakistani newspaper within the capital, Islamabad, blocking its entrance for a number of hours, threatening the workers and demanding its editor be hanged, the paper reported Wednesday.

In an announcement, the Committee to Defend Journalists urged Pakistan to stop protests towards the newspaper from turning violent and examine loss of life threats to its staffers

A simultaneous protest additionally occurred Tuesday night within the southern port metropolis of Karachi, the place the Islamists gathered on the Press Membership, demanding that Daybreak’s editor Zaffar Abbas and writer Hameed Haroon be hanged.

The demonstrators, who later dispersed, had been angered that the English-language paper had reported that the London Bridge attacker was of “Pakistani origin.”

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The Islamist protest was condemned by Pakistani rights teams, journalist organizations, politicians and members of civil society advocating for the rights of journalists.

In an announcement, the Committee to Defend Journalists urged Pakistan to stop protests towards the newspaper from turning violent and examine loss of life threats to its staffers.

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“Pakistanis have each proper to object to and show towards the Daybreak newspaper over its protection, however threatening violence steps method over the road,” stated Kathleen Carroll, the board chair at Committee to Protest Journalists.

The newspaper has a historical past of strained ties with the nation’s navy.

Cyril Almeida, a journalist working for Daybreak, was charged final 12 months with treason after an interview with former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by which Sharif accused the navy of aiding the militants who had carried out the 2008 Mumbai terrorist assaults.

Final month, Abbas was awarded the 2019 Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Defend Journalists.

 

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