Last month, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan was “deposed by a no-confidence vote in parliament, days after he blocked a similar attempt.” But ever since the transition started, journalists have faced assault and online and legal harassment. This article is published by Committee to Protect Journalists. Here is an excerpt:
Since that political transition, journalists have faced physical assault and online and legal harassment, according to multiple news reports and the journalists, who spoke to CPJ by phone. The new PML-N government has also announced several bureaucratic and legislative reforms that will impact press freedom and freedom of expression.
On April 21, a group of around 20 PTI employees assaulted Khawar Mughal, a reporter for the privately owned broadcaster 92 News, at a party gathering at the Minar-i-Pakistan monument in Lahore, the capital of the northeast Punjab province, according to Dawn and Mughal, who spoke to CPJ by phone.
When Mughal arrived at the venue, with the 92 News logo on his microphone, the employees beat, kicked, and pushed the journalist, snatched his microphone, and accused the TV channel of airing anti-PTI programs, saying they would not allow the outlet to cover their gathering, according to those sources.
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