On August 18, 2023, Daily Khabrain reporter Faisal Shahzad and three DG Khan University professors were arrested from Mall Road in DG Khan, Punjab. The case is related to the Harassment of D.G Khan University student Sana Irshad. Sana was MA Final year student in the Physics department. Rashid called in his office and sexually harassed her. Sana Irshad raised her voice and complained to two other senior professors of the university, Dr Zafar Iqbal and Dr. Khalid Khatak. While confessing, Faisal Shahzad, a Daily Khabrein reporter, was also in the room. Sana was told that the video was being recorded for the university’s records and was subsequently assured that the video would not be shared on social media platforms. During the confession, Irshad said that her younger sister, who was in the second semester, was also being harassed by Dr. Rashid and was being blamed that she has an affair with Dr. Rashid. Faisal Shahzad released the video on Facebook through his anonymous account without the consent of Sana. Irshad’s father registered a First Information Report (FIR) with FIR no 497/23 under sections 501,384,406,506 as per the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) on August 15, 2023. In which he stated the entire incident of harassment with his daughter and the release of the video without her consent. Faisal Shahzad and the other three professors have been arrested under judicial remand, and the case is currently under court trials in the District Court of DG Khan, Punjab. The court Challan has not been issued yet. On August 24, 2023, ASI Mohammad Khadim, the investigation officer, told PPF that the case is still under court trials, and for now, he can’t update with details of the court proceedings. He further told that Shazad was arrested from Mall Road on August 18, 2023. Head Mohrar of Civil Line Police station, Ghulam Akbar Meerani, said that the professors Dr . Zafar Iqbal, Dr. Khalid Khatak, and Khabrein News journalist Faisal Shazad are under judicial remand, and the case is under court proceedings. On August 23, 2023, According to the statements of Press Club President of Dera Ghazi Khan, Sajjad Ahmed told PPF that Faisal Shahzad was involved in the harassment of female student Sana Irshad from the University of D.G Khan. Currently, he is under police custody. On August 25, 2023, Senior Reporter of Daily Khabrein, Aneela Ashraf, told PPF that Faisal Shahzad was the reporter of Daily Khabrein in D.G Khan, Punjab. She allegedly added that the video released by Faisal Shahzad was without the consent of the victim and the Victim’s Family.

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) welcomes the return of anchorperson Imran Riaz Khan over four months after he was initially arrested, released, and then went missing. We urge a complete investigation into his disappearance and whereabouts over the past four months.

On September 25, the Sialkot Police confirmed the release of the media person, stating that he had been “safely recovered” and was with his family. In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, Riaz Khan’s legal representative, Mian Ashfaq Ali, confirmed the return of Riaz Khan.

On May 11, Riaz Khan was arrested at Sialkot Airport in the Punjab province. According to The News, the anchorperson was arrested for “allegedly inciting violence” when clashes ensued between security forces and supporters of former prime minister Imran Khan.  The report stated that the anchorperson was offloaded from a plane by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) when he was about to fly to Muscat from Sialkot. He was reportedly handed over to the police and shifted to an “unknown place.”

In court proceedings on May 12, the Lahore High Court Chief (LHC) Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti was told that Riaz Khan had been released, The Express Tribune reported.

As per Dawn, a law officer had told the high court that Riaz Khan was released from jail after taking a written undertaking, but there remained no news of where he was. The report added that a First Information Report (FIR) was registered by Riaz Khan’s father about his kidnapping on May 16.

Months later, according to Dawn, on September 20, the LHC had given the Punjab Inspector General (IG) Dr Usman Anwar the “last opportunity” to recover Riaz Khan by September 26. The anchorperson was released a day earlier, on September 25.

As per Dawn, Sialkot District Police Officer (DPO) Hassan Iqbal shared that the police got a call that Riaz Khan was at the Civil Hospital. He was later taken from the hospital to his residence.

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The post On August 18, 2023, Daily Khabrain reporter Faisal Shahzad and three DG Khan University professors were arrested from Mall Road in DG Khan, Punjab. The case is related to the Harassment of D.G Khan University student Sana Irshad. Sana was MA Final year student in the Physics department. Rashid called in his office and sexually harassed her. Sana Irshad raised her voice and complained to two other senior professors of the university, Dr Zafar Iqbal and Dr. Khalid Khatak. While confessing, Faisal Shahzad, a Daily Khabrein reporter, was also in the room. Sana was told that the video was being recorded for the university’s records and was subsequently assured that the video would not be shared on social media platforms. During the confession, Irshad said that her younger sister, who was in the second semester, was also being harassed by Dr. Rashid and was being blamed that she has an affair with Dr. Rashid. Faisal Shahzad released the video on Facebook through his anonymous account without the consent of Sana. Irshad’s father registered a First Information Report (FIR) with FIR no 497/23 under sections 501,384,406,506 as per the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) on August 15, 2023. In which he stated the entire incident of harassment with his daughter and the release of the video without her consent. Faisal Shahzad and the other three professors have been arrested under judicial remand, and the case is currently under court trials in the District Court of DG Khan, Punjab. The court Challan has not been issued yet. On August 24, 2023, ASI Mohammad Khadim, the investigation officer, told PPF that the case is still under court trials, and for now, he can’t update with details of the court proceedings. He further told that Shazad was arrested from Mall Road on August 18, 2023. Head Mohrar of Civil Line Police station, Ghulam Akbar Meerani, said that the professors Dr . Zafar Iqbal, Dr. Khalid Khatak, and Khabrein News journalist Faisal Shazad are under judicial remand, and the case is under court proceedings. On August 23, 2023, According to the statements of Press Club President of Dera Ghazi Khan, Sajjad Ahmed told PPF that Faisal Shahzad was involved in the harassment of female student Sana Irshad from the University of D.G Khan. Currently, he is under police custody. On August 25, 2023, Senior Reporter of Daily Khabrein, Aneela Ashraf, told PPF that Faisal Shahzad was the reporter of Daily Khabrein in D.G Khan, Punjab. She allegedly added that the video released by Faisal Shahzad was without the consent of the victim and the Victim’s Family. first appeared on Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF).

On August 18, 2023, Daily Khabrain reporter Faisal Shahzad and three DG Khan University professors were arrested from Mall Road in DG Khan, Punjab. The case is related to the Harassment of D.G Khan University student Sana Irshad. Sana was MA Final year student in the Physics department. Rashid called in his office and sexually harassed her. Sana Irshad raised her voice and complained to two other senior professors of the university, Dr Zafar Iqbal and Dr. Khalid Khatak. While confessing, Faisal Shahzad, a Daily Khabrein reporter, was also in the room. Sana was told that the video was being recorded for the university’s records and was subsequently assured that the video would not be shared on social media platforms. During the confession, Irshad said that her younger sister, who was in the second semester, was also being harassed by Dr. Rashid and was being blamed that she has an affair with Dr. Rashid. Faisal Shahzad released the video on Facebook through his anonymous account without the consent of Sana. Irshad’s father registered a First Information Report (FIR) with FIR no 497/23 under sections 501,384,406,506 as per the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) on August 15, 2023. In which he stated the entire incident of harassment with his daughter and the release of the video without her consent. Faisal Shahzad and the other three professors have been arrested under judicial remand, and the case is currently under court trials in the District Court of DG Khan, Punjab. The court Challan has not been issued yet. On August 24, 2023, ASI Mohammad Khadim, the investigation officer, told PPF that the case is still under court trials, and for now, he can’t update with details of the court proceedings. He further told that Shazad was arrested from Mall Road on August 18, 2023. Head Mohrar of Civil Line Police station, Ghulam Akbar Meerani, said that the professors Dr . Zafar Iqbal, Dr. Khalid Khatak, and Khabrein News journalist Faisal Shazad are under judicial remand, and the case is under court proceedings. On August 23, 2023, According to the statements of Press Club President of Dera Ghazi Khan, Sajjad Ahmed told PPF that Faisal Shahzad was involved in the harassment of female student Sana Irshad from the University of D.G Khan. Currently, he is under police custody. On August 25, 2023, Senior Reporter of Daily Khabrein, Aneela Ashraf, told PPF that Faisal Shahzad was the reporter of Daily Khabrein in D.G Khan, Punjab. She allegedly added that the video released by Faisal Shahzad was without the consent of the victim and the Victim’s Family.

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) welcomes the return of anchorperson Imran Riaz Khan over four months after he was initially arrested, released, and then went missing. We urge a complete investigation into his disappearance and whereabouts over the past four months.

On September 25, the Sialkot Police confirmed the release of the media person, stating that he had been “safely recovered” and was with his family. In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, Riaz Khan’s legal representative, Mian Ashfaq Ali, confirmed the return of Riaz Khan.

On May 11, Riaz Khan was arrested at Sialkot Airport in the Punjab province. According to The News, the anchorperson was arrested for “allegedly inciting violence” when clashes ensued between security forces and supporters of former prime minister Imran Khan.  The report stated that the anchorperson was offloaded from a plane by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) when he was about to fly to Muscat from Sialkot. He was reportedly handed over to the police and shifted to an “unknown place.”

In court proceedings on May 12, the Lahore High Court Chief (LHC) Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti was told that Riaz Khan had been released, The Express Tribune reported.

As per Dawn, a law officer had told the high court that Riaz Khan was released from jail after taking a written undertaking, but there remained no news of where he was. The report added that a First Information Report (FIR) was registered by Riaz Khan’s father about his kidnapping on May 16.

Months later, according to Dawn, on September 20, the LHC had given the Punjab Inspector General (IG) Dr Usman Anwar the “last opportunity” to recover Riaz Khan by September 26. The anchorperson was released a day earlier, on September 25.

As per Dawn, Sialkot District Police Officer (DPO) Hassan Iqbal shared that the police got a call that Riaz Khan was at the Civil Hospital. He was later taken from the hospital to his residence.

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The post On August 18, 2023, Daily Khabrain reporter Faisal Shahzad and three DG Khan University professors were arrested from Mall Road in DG Khan, Punjab. The case is related to the Harassment of D.G Khan University student Sana Irshad. Sana was MA Final year student in the Physics department. Rashid called in his office and sexually harassed her. Sana Irshad raised her voice and complained to two other senior professors of the university, Dr Zafar Iqbal and Dr. Khalid Khatak. While confessing, Faisal Shahzad, a Daily Khabrein reporter, was also in the room. Sana was told that the video was being recorded for the university’s records and was subsequently assured that the video would not be shared on social media platforms. During the confession, Irshad said that her younger sister, who was in the second semester, was also being harassed by Dr. Rashid and was being blamed that she has an affair with Dr. Rashid. Faisal Shahzad released the video on Facebook through his anonymous account without the consent of Sana. Irshad’s father registered a First Information Report (FIR) with FIR no 497/23 under sections 501,384,406,506 as per the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) on August 15, 2023. In which he stated the entire incident of harassment with his daughter and the release of the video without her consent. Faisal Shahzad and the other three professors have been arrested under judicial remand, and the case is currently under court trials in the District Court of DG Khan, Punjab. The court Challan has not been issued yet. On August 24, 2023, ASI Mohammad Khadim, the investigation officer, told PPF that the case is still under court trials, and for now, he can’t update with details of the court proceedings. He further told that Shazad was arrested from Mall Road on August 18, 2023. Head Mohrar of Civil Line Police station, Ghulam Akbar Meerani, said that the professors Dr . Zafar Iqbal, Dr. Khalid Khatak, and Khabrein News journalist Faisal Shazad are under judicial remand, and the case is under court proceedings. On August 23, 2023, According to the statements of Press Club President of Dera Ghazi Khan, Sajjad Ahmed told PPF that Faisal Shahzad was involved in the harassment of female student Sana Irshad from the University of D.G Khan. Currently, he is under police custody. On August 25, 2023, Senior Reporter of Daily Khabrein, Aneela Ashraf, told PPF that Faisal Shahzad was the reporter of Daily Khabrein in D.G Khan, Punjab. She allegedly added that the video released by Faisal Shahzad was without the consent of the victim and the Victim’s Family. first appeared on Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF).

Two journalists in KP’s Swat district face legal action, including case registration and arrest

Two journalists in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Swat district faced legal actions, including arrest and registration of cases against them.

On August 30, Daily Mashriq’s Bureau Chief Fayyaz Zafar was arrested by the Swat police under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO). The next day, a First Information Report (FIR) was registered against another journalist, Daily Azadi’s Editor Amjad Ali, whose house was also raided.

Zafar was arrested when he was traveling back home from his office. According to a letter issued by the Swat District Magistrate and Deputy Commissioner Irfan Ullah Khan Wazir, Zafar allegedly “exploits the phrase freedom of speech and utilizes his social media accounts/channels in spreading fake, offensive and hatred contents to defame and incite the public against the State, Government Institutions, Law Enforcement Agencies as well as notable individuals of the society.”

Wazir ordered that Zaffar be detained for a month.

According to the Swat Press Club, General Secretary Niyaz Khan Zafar was allegedly taken to Khan’s office, where he was physically tortured by officials. Around midnight on August 30, the journalist was shifted to City Saidu Sharif Jail.

On August 31, Zafar was released after the order against him was canceled by the deputy commissioner himself.

According to Radio Pakistan, Caretaker Information Minister Murtaza Solangi had taken notice of Zafar’s arrest and “emphasized the importance of conducting an impartial investigation.”

Daily Mashriq Khyber Pakhtunkhwa In Charge Javed Khan had condemned Zafar’s arrest, adding that the journalist had been arrested for his recent reporting against police officials and he had not been affiliated with any political party.

Speaking to PPF, Swat Press Club General Secretary and Mashriq TV’s senior correspondent Niyaz Khan said that due to continuous reporting for Daily Mashriq and on his social media account against the police department, Zafar was arrested, detained, and physically tortured by the police officials on “fake charges” of violating the law in the city.

He added that the Swat Bar Association had staged a protest against hikes in utility bills, which  Zafar had addressed, during which he criticized the Swat deputy commissioner for poor performance in the city. Zafar was not on assignment during the protest.

The Khyber Union of Journalists also strongly condemned the arrest of Zafar, declaring it an attack on freedom of expression. A joint statement issued by the Khyber Union of Journalists President Nasir Hussain, Senior Vice President Imran Ayaz, Vice President Abdul Baseer, General Secretary Imran Yousufzai, and other duty-bearers stated that the arrest and torture of Zafar in the DC’s office was a “highly condemnable act.” They also confirmed that Zafar was not a member of any political party, adding that his arrest under the MPO was “not acceptable.”

The Khyber Union of Journalists had demanded that Inspector General Police Swat, Caretaker Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Muhammad Azam Khan, and Caretaker Prime Minister Anwar Ul Haq Kakar take action and release the journalist immediately.

In another incident, on August 31, Swat police registered a criminal complaint and raided the residence of Daily Azadi’s Editor Amjad Ali.

The FIR was registered by an unknown complainant against Ali for “spreading hate speech on social media against government institutions, inciting unrest in the city, and disseminating propaganda among the public in Swat.”

According to the FIR, Ali had shared posts on his social media accounts where he targeted governmental institutions, tried to defame them, and spread propaganda in the city against the institutions of Pakistan.

On the evening of August 31, Ali shared that police officials had raided his residence, but fortunately, he was at his office at the time. Despite their efforts, the police were unable to apprehend him that night.

Swat Police registered the case at the Mingora Police Station under Sections 500, 504, and 250 of the Telegraph Act.

Speaking to PPF,  Ali said the FIR against him was “baseless” and claimed that Swat DC Wazir was registering these cases against the journalists for raising voices against him in Swat.

“I did not write anything against anyone. However, I have identified the social issues of Swat on social media. They are also pulling me in these matters like Fayyaz Zafar, who was released by the police after DC Swat denotified his 3-MPO notification on August 31,” Ali lamented.

“On August 31, police raided my residence and harassed my family members. Luckily, I was at the office when the police raided my house. They misbehaved with my family and harassed them. They raided my house to arrest me like Zafar without any prior arrest warrant or notification,” he said.

Ali shared that he had pursued the matter legally in the court. With the assistance of his legal representative, Atta Ullah Jan, Ali filed a writ petition in the District Mingora Session Civil Judge’s Court. On September 1, Justice Muhammad Aurangzeb had him granted 14-day pre-arrest bail.

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PPF alarmed by injuries to Geo News cameraperson Samiullah Khan in suicide blast at political party workers’ convention in Bajaur; draw attention to the safety of media professionals on the ground

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is alarmed by injuries to Geo News cameraperson Samiullah Khan while on duty when a suicide blast at a workers’ convention for the political party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazal (JUI-F), killed 54 people and injured 83 others on July 30 in the Bajaur district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. We pray for the speedy and complete recovery of the cameraperson.

With general elections anticipated in Pakistan in October 2023 and heightened political activity to take place ahead of the elections, PPF draws attention to the safety of media professionals reporting on the ground.

The injuries experienced by Khan should serve as a reminder to political parties, the government, and media organizations about the importance of providing journalists with the necessary safety equipment and taking the necessary measures for the safety of journalists in order to protect them best.

On July 30, as the blast took place in Khar, a town in Bajaur, Samiullah was amongst the injured. Geo had initially reported that the cameraperson was said to be in “critical condition.”

Speaking to PPF, Khan shared that at the time of the blast, he was near the stage, and at around 4 p.m. when the blast took place, he was taking photographs. Recalling the incident, he said he felt faint from the massive explosion.

Khan was the only media professional who had been taking photographs near the stage, and at the time of the incident, he was not wearing any safety equipment.

The cameraperson shared that he was currently in the Bajaur District Headquarters Hospital and would be shifted to the GHQ Peshawar Hospital via helicopter for surgery as he had received serious head injuries and was in critical condition.

Geo News Peshawar Bureau Chief Shakeel Farman said that Khan had fortunately remained safe despite being injured in the blast. Farman said that the cameraperson was not wearing any safety gear, adding that they were not expecting such an incident. Farman added that after this incident, the correspondents and media professionals would wear safety equipment while covering such workers’ conventions.

Bajaur Press Club President Hasbanullah Khan strongly condemned the blast and sent prayers for the speedy recovery of the cameraperson.

In a statement, the Bajaur Press Club demanded that the government bear the cost of Khan’s treatment.

Khyber Union of Journalists President Nasir Hussain condemned the blast and expressed grief over the injuries to the cameraperson. Hussain lamented that in Bajaur, hardly any correspondents were being paid their salaries, nor was Khan provided with the safety gear that should be mandatory for reporters and media professionals.

Since 2002, PPF has documented 28 deaths of media professionals while on assignment out of the 77 killings of journalists.

The injuries to Khan should serve as a reminder of the need to ensure the safety of the media on the frontlines, particularly during periods of heightened political activity such as general elections.

We draw attention to the Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals Act 2021, under which it is compulsory for media organizations to provide each journalist and media professional with compulsory safety training within the first month of their recruitment and prior to engaging them in any reporting from any location.

The Election Commission of Pakistan’s Code of Conduct for the National Media 2023 states: “The government and law enforcing agencies shall provide protection to media persons, and media houses to maintain their freedom of expression.”  The ECP must provide clear measures that are necessary in order to best ensure the safety of media professionals on the ground instead of a vague statement that does not provide details of measures that must be taken for the safety of the media.

We also emphasize the need for the ECP’s Code of Conduct for Political Parties, Contesting Candidates, and Election Agents to be more clear in the obligations of political parties to the safety of media professionals.

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PPF alarmed by injuries to Geo News cameraperson Samiullah Khan in suicide blast at political party workers’ convention in Bajaur; draw attention to the safety of media professionals on the ground

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is alarmed by injuries to Geo News cameraperson Samiullah Khan while on duty when a suicide blast at a workers’ convention for the political party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazal (JUI-F), killed 54 people and injured 83 others on July 30 in the Bajaur district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. We pray for the speedy and complete recovery of the cameraperson.

With general elections anticipated in Pakistan in October 2023 and heightened political activity to take place ahead of the elections, PPF draws attention to the safety of media professionals reporting on the ground.

The injuries experienced by Khan should serve as a reminder to political parties, the government, and media organizations about the importance of providing journalists with the necessary safety equipment and taking the necessary measures for the safety of journalists in order to protect them best.

On July 30, as the blast took place in Khar, a town in Bajaur, Samiullah was amongst the injured. Geo had initially reported that the cameraperson was said to be in “critical condition.”

Speaking to PPF, Khan shared that at the time of the blast, he was near the stage, and at around 4 p.m. when the blast took place, he was taking photographs. Recalling the incident, he said he felt faint from the massive explosion.

Khan was the only media professional who had been taking photographs near the stage, and at the time of the incident, he was not wearing any safety equipment.

The cameraperson shared that he was currently in the Bajaur District Headquarters Hospital and would be shifted to the GHQ Peshawar Hospital via helicopter for surgery as he had received serious head injuries and was in critical condition.

Geo News Peshawar Bureau Chief Shakeel Farman said that Khan had fortunately remained safe despite being injured in the blast. Farman said that the cameraperson was not wearing any safety gear, adding that they were not expecting such an incident. Farman added that after this incident, the correspondents and media professionals would wear safety equipment while covering such workers’ conventions.

Bajaur Press Club President Hasbanullah Khan strongly condemned the blast and sent prayers for the speedy recovery of the cameraperson.

In a statement, the Bajaur Press Club demanded that the government bear the cost of Khan’s treatment.

Khyber Union of Journalists President Nasir Hussain condemned the blast and expressed grief over the injuries to the cameraperson. Hussain lamented that in Bajaur, hardly any correspondents were being paid their salaries, nor was Khan provided with the safety gear that should be mandatory for reporters and media professionals.

Since 2002, PPF has documented 28 deaths of media professionals while on assignment out of the 77 killings of journalists.

The injuries to Khan should serve as a reminder of the need to ensure the safety of the media on the frontlines, particularly during periods of heightened political activity such as general elections.

We draw attention to the Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals Act 2021, under which it is compulsory for media organizations to provide each journalist and media professional with compulsory safety training within the first month of their recruitment and prior to engaging them in any reporting from any location.

The Election Commission of Pakistan’s Code of Conduct for the National Media 2023 states: “The government and law enforcing agencies shall provide protection to media persons, and media houses to maintain their freedom of expression.”  The ECP must provide clear measures that are necessary in order to best ensure the safety of media professionals on the ground instead of a vague statement that does not provide details of measures that must be taken for the safety of the media.

We also emphasize the need for the ECP’s Code of Conduct for Political Parties, Contesting Candidates, and Election Agents to be more clear in the obligations of political parties to the safety of media professionals.

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) condemns death threats; case registration against journalist Badar Zaman in Swat district of KP after writing a story on healthcare department

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) condemns the death threats and registration of a criminal complaint against Daily Huamawam resident editor Badar Zaman in the Swat district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

On July 1, Zaman published a story about the alleged illegal commission collection by two clerks of the health department. Following this, on July 18, Swat Assistant Commissioner Sohail Khan called the journalist into his office and asked why he published the news. According to Daily Humawam, a “fake case” was registered against Zaman the same day.

As per the details of the First Information Report (FIR), Zaman had raided the office of the assistant commissioner on July 18 and used abusive language with them along with his son, after which the case was registered by one of the clerks, Saddam Hussain.

Speaking to PPF, however, Zaman shared that the assistant commissioner had called him into his office on July 18, and when he reached his office, Badshah and Hussain were also there.

“They asked me the reason for publishing news against the illegal fee collection in the newspaper in a threatening way and also said that if I do not stop writing news against the people of the health department, they can kill me. They harassed me by asking the reason for publishing the news in a newspaper. As a journalist, I believe this was harassment and illegal to summon me upon the request of the corrupt clerks. Moreover, they not only called me and threatened me, they later registered a fake case against me and involved my family in it, with fake accusations,” Zaman shared.

Zaman said the FIR was registered against him and his son at the Syed Shareef Police Station.

Zaman lamented that his son was not a journalist and alleged that a fake case had been registered against them.

Swat Press Club General Secretary Niyaz strongly condemned the case against Zaman and his son. He added that they had required Swat District Police Officer Shafiullah Gandapur to take strict action against the assistant commissioner and his staff member. They also demanded that the “fake FIR” against Zaman be dismissed. He demanded that a fair investigation in the case be conducted.

Khyber Union of Journalists President Nasir Hussain told PPF that the matter was resolved between the clerks and the journalist as the District Police Office (DPO) was involved in the matter.

Daily Humawaz Chief Editor Pervaiz Alam told PPF that Zaman covered news against the two clerks of the health commission department, and he was later called in the office of AC Swat, and he was harassed and threatened by the two clerks and the AC in his office. Alam said that while Zaman had just written a news story, questioning a journalist on his news was “not acceptable.”

Alam added that the two clerks had visited Swat Press Club and apologized to the journalist and said that they had registered the complaint against Zaman over a misunderstanding and promised to submit an application for the dismissal of the FIR.

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Pakistan Press Foundation condemns the online harassment of woman journalist Sahrish Khokher that translated to physical threats against her

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) condemns the online harassment campaign against a women journalist, ARY News Senior Reporter Sahrish Khokher. It is unacceptable that Khoker is facing harassment online on social media platforms. Khokher’s online harassment has led to physical threats against the reporter. We urge the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to follow up on Khokher’s complaint and urge relevant authorities to ensure that women in the media are able to work both offline and online safely.

ARY News Karachi Chief Reporter and Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists Finance Secretary Lala Asad Pathan told PPF that Khoker was facing physical and digital harassment.

Speaking to PPF, Khokher said that she had shared certain posts on her Facebook profile, after which she had started facing harassment online. She said that the perpetrators were defaming her and assassinating her character.

Khokher alleged that some journalists in Sukkur were practicing “yellow journalism.” Khokher had posted on her social media about two journalists against whom a case was registered. In her post, she said that the First Information Report (FIR) against them was based on personal issues and alleged that the journalists were trying to make it an issue related to their journalism.

Following this post, she faced online harassment. Khokher said she had filed a complaint with the FIA on July 3.

The online harassment against the journalist has led to physical threats against her. Khoker told PPF that on July 1, while returning from the ARY News office in Rohri, nine people had manhandled her and issued her life threats. She said that the perpetrators had asked her to dismiss her complaint with the FIA, as they were aware that she would submit a complaint, and to remove a post regarding the FIR against the journalists that she had shared on her social media.

A First Information Report (FIR) was registered by Khokher on July 1 at the Section C Police Station in Sukkur.

Speaking to PPF, Section C Police Station House Officer Saddar Din Luk said that police were investigating the case and trying their best to arrest the suspects.

Sukkur Press Club President Chaudhry Irshad strongly condemned the online violence against Khokher and said that the harassment could not be tolerated. Irshad said it was an individual’s right to express their thoughts on social media.

Sukkur Union of Journalists President Imdad Buzdar told PPF that for a couple of months, some journalists were involved in personal issues, and they were using their journalistic identity over personal issues. He said that Khokher had just posted her opinions on social media.

FIA Sukkur Deputy Director Amjad Abbasi told PPF that the cybercrime wing was investigating Khokher’s case and was trying to find out details of the identities who had commented on the post. He said that the process could take 60 days.

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