Reporter stabbed to death in Lahore after getting threats

first_img Help by sharing this information October 11, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporter stabbed to death in Lahore after getting threats Reporters Without Borders condemns the murder of online newspaper reporter Faisal Qureshi, who was found with his throat slit at his Lahore home on 7 October. According to one of his brothers, he received death threats shortly before he was killed.“We are deeply shocked by this murder and offer our condolences to the victim’s family and friends,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Lahore police must carry out a thorough investigation and, given the information available, must not neglect the probable existence of threats.“The Pakistani government cannot continue to remain passive in the face of repeated attacks on journalists, who are being targeted by many groups and organizations, some of them close to the government. This year, journalists have been threatened, attacked, kidnapped, tortured and murdered by religious extremists, Taliban, separatists, security agencies, soldiers, police and political movements. All this violence is turning Pakistan into a no-go area for the media.”Qureshi, 31, worked for The London Post, a British news website edited in London. The police found the body at 2 a.m. on 7 October.According to the police, his throat had been cut and his body bore the marks of torture. His brother, Shahid Qureshi, the newspaper’s London-based editor, said the killers took his laptop and mobile phone. Shahid Qureshi also reported that his brother had received death threats from individuals claiming to belong to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a Karachi-based political party. The London Post has published several articles about the MQM and its leader, Altaf Hussain.The MQM was accused of being responsible for the murder of Geo News TV reporter Wali Khan Babar on 13 January in Karachi. The movement denied any involvement.Pakistan’s journalist community is describing Qureshi’s death as a “targeted murder.” Azam Chaudhry, the secretary of the Lahore press club, said his murder was perpetuating the climate of violence against the media and called for the creation of a special judicial commission to investigate the case.Pakistan has been the world’s deadliest country for the media in 2011. At least eight journalists have been killed in connection with their work since the start of the year. June 2, 2021 Find out more January 28, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific News Receive email alerts April 21, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Pakistan to go furthercenter_img News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News PakistanAsia – Pacific Organisation News RSF_en Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murderlast_img read more

Press release: Press Release: UK-Poland security ties strengthened

first_img Strengthening collective defence against cyber-attacks and other threats from hostile actors, sending a clear message that they will not be tolerated. Establishing a strategic communications project to support independent media in countries in Eastern Europe, to ensure a wider range of voices in the media, in order to strengthen resilience against disinformation. Joint work on improving resilience to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear-related risks. Further work to prepare for the signature of the UK-Poland Defence Action Plan which will implement co-operation in a range of military areas. Email [email protected] Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn The Foreign Secretary and Defence Secretary will today (21 June) visit Warsaw to strengthen security, defence, and cyber ties with Poland.Boris Johnson and Gavin Williamson will join Jacek Czaputowicz and Mariusz Błaszczak in Helenow, near Warsaw, as UK-Poland ties go from strength-to-strength.The joint UK-Poland measures include: Media enquiriescenter_img For journalists Further information The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said:“The UK and Poland are close friends and allies on a range of issues, including security, foreign policy, trade, and culture. This meeting will help to solidify even further a relationship that is growing from strength to strength.“Both countries take seriously the threats posed to independent media, to cyberspace, and to our collective security. That’s why we will today agree to build on our co-operation in these areas, to counter together hostile threats to our two countries.”The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:“Poland and the UK face the same intensifying threats to our security, prosperity and way of life. Our two countries are important European and NATO allies – both committed to playing a leading role to keep our nations and continental Europe safe. As we implement the UK-Poland defence treaty our historic partnership grows ever closer to meet the evolving and complex threats that we share.”The ministers will also look ahead to the upcoming Western Balkans Summit in London on 9-10 July, hosted by the UK with the 2019 edition being hosted by Poland. The Foreign Secretary and Mr Czaputowicz will also agree to hold a joint visit to the Western Balkans in the coming months.last_img read more