Sunday, December 19, 2010

Baloch Journalists Protest Against Colleagues’ Killings

Baloch Journalists Protest Against Colleagues’ Killings

The Baloch Hal News

QUETTA, Dec. 17: Journalists across Balochistan continued anti-government protests against the killing of two Baloch journalists from Gwadar and Khuzdar districts in a single month saying that increased attacks on the media persons were a meant to intimidate journalists and urge them to give up their professional commitment.

Journalists have also condemned the raid on the house of Qazi Dad Rehan, secretary general of Gwadar Press Club, by the security force and the arrest of Wazir Khan Reki, president of Mashkil Press Club.

Protests were held in Gwadar, Khuzdar, Noshki and other districts on the call of All Balochistan Press Clubs. Journalists wore black ribbons on their shoulders, hoisted black flags on the press club buildings and chanted slogans against the government blaming for the killing of the Baloch reporters.

Gwadar-based journalist Hameed Hayatan was kidnapped earlier this year and subsequently killed while the the president of Khuzdar Press Club Mohammad Khan Sasoli was gunned down by unidentified people outside his home.

Riaz Mengal, who has temporarily replaced slain Sasoli as the acting president of Khuzdar Press Club, said the killings were meant to suppress the voice of the media in Balochistan.

President of Gwadar Press Club Mohammad Isamil, while addressing the protesting journalists, said media people in Balochistan worked under extremely difficult circumstances. The government had failed to provide them protection.

In Noshki, journalists observed a black day and demanded the arrest of elements responsible for murdering the journalists.

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