Pakistan’s veteran journalist Hamid Mir was stopped on Monday from hosting his well-liked discuss show by a non-public TV channel after he criticised the nation’s highly effective ”institution” within the wake of an assault on a fellow scribe.
Mir delivered a fiery speech at a protest staged by the journalists in opposition to an assault by three ”unknown” individuals on journalist Asad Toor on Friday in Islamabad.
He demanded accountability within the assault, which was a sequence of such assaults on media individuals who’re vital of the nation’s army.
Mir, hosting prime time Capital Talk show on Geo TV, was despatched on depart by the TV community which claimed that he was nonetheless a part of the information channel.
The journalist confirmed the event, saying it was not new for him as he vowed to battle regardless of “consequences”.
“Nothing new for me. I was banned twice in the past. Lost jobs twice. Survived assassination attempts but cannot stop raising voice for the rights given in the Constitution. This time I’m ready for any consequences and ready to go at any extent because they are threatening my family,” he tweeted.
Nothing new for me.I used to be banned twice prior to now.Lost jobs twice.Survived assassination makes an attempt however can not cease elevating voice for the rights given within the structure.This time I m prepared for any penalties and able to go at any extent as a result of they’re threatening my household. https://t.co/82y1WdrP5S
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) May 31, 2021
There was no assertion from the government, however journalists’ our bodies and others criticised the transfer.
“If Govt/State of Pakistan is not trying influence and kill my case without going against the culprits, then why they pressurised GeoNews to off air @HamidMirPAK?” tweeted Toor, who has recovered from the injuries.
If Govt/State of #Pakistan is just not making an attempt affect and kill my case with out going in opposition to the culprits then why they pressurised #GeoNews to off air @HamidMirPAK? #HamidMir Sahb is likely one of the most interesting and courageous journalist and our satisfaction. 1/2
— Asad Ali Toor (@AsadAToor) May 31, 2021
Marriyum Aurangzeb, the spokesperson of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, the biggest opposition occasion stated: “We condemn such arbitrary decisions against freedom of speech & oppose all pressures to intimidate journalists into silence. We Stand With @HamidMirPAK.”
Journalist Absar Alam, who was shot and injured a few weeks ago by ”unknown” attackers tweeted: “It’s shameful to threaten anybody’s household. If anybody has a criticism in opposition to Hamid Mir, that particular person ought to comply with the authorized path as a substitute of resorting to unconstitutional and fascist acts.”
It’s shameful to threaten anybody’s household. If anybody has a criticism in opposition to Hamid Mir, that particular person ought to comply with the authorized path as a substitute of resorting to unconstitutional and fascist acts. https://t.co/7OYGM1Unni
— Absar Alam (@AbsarAlamHaider) May 31, 2021
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) additionally condemned the transfer.
“HRCP strongly condemns the decision to take @HamidMirPAK off the air three days after he spoke fervidly against the escalation in curbs on press freedom. He must be allowed to resume his professional duties immediately and the threats against him investigated,” it stated in a press release.
HRCP strongly condemns the choice to take @HamidMirPAK off the air three days after he spoke fervidly in opposition to the escalation in curbs on press freedom. He should be allowed to renew his skilled duties instantly and the threats in opposition to him investigated. @geonews_urdu pic.twitter.com/1d8WhJHwKA
— Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (@HRCP87) May 31, 2021
Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), a number one physique of native media individuals, additionally “strongly condemned” the banning of Mir. “We want to know if banning Mir is a decision of Geo or a result of pressure by the government and establishment,” PFUJ president Shehzada Zulfiqar stated.
Amnesty International South Asia additionally criticised the banning of Mir.
“The punitive action of taking @HamidMirPAK off the air following a speech at a protest calling for accountability for an attack on @AsadAToor, severely undermines the responsibility media outlets and authorities have to protect free speech in an already repressive environment. Censorship, harassment and physical violence must not be the price journalists pay to do their jobs,” it said in a tweet.
The punitive motion of taking @HamidMirPAK off the air following a speech at a protest calling for accountability for an assault on @AsadAToor, severely undermines the responsibility media outlets and authorities have to protect free speech in an already repressive environment 1/2 https://t.co/CYlqTTZVnR
— Amnesty International South Asia (@amnestysasia) May 31, 2021