Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists


first_imgToor, who is well known for social media posts defending the rule of law against abuses by the military and ISI, reported that the men who attacked him inside his home last week forced him to shout slogans in support of Pakistan, the military and ISI. The statement was presumably alluding euphemistically to reactions from the military to the address that Mir gave at a protest in the capital, Islamabad, on 28 May in support of Asad Ali Toor, a journalist who was beaten and tortured by three men inside his apartment for several hours on 25 May. His attackers identified themselves as members of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan’s feared military intelligence agency, Toor said. RSF_en Another journalist known for criticising the military, Absar Alam, was seriously wounded by a shot fired in broad daylight near his home in the centre of Islamabad on 20 April, as RSF reported at the time. No suspect has been identified in the six weeks since that shooting. PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Violence January 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Pakistan News Censorship forces BBC to withdraw news show from Pakistani TV January 25, 2021 Find out more Another step towards autocracy In his speech in support of Toor, Mir called for those behind this and other recent attacks on journalists to be identified and implied that he thought that Pakistan’s all-powerful armed forces were responsible. April 21, 2021 Find out more The host of Capital Talk, a current affairs programme broadcast every weeknight on Geo News, Hamid Mir was suspended summarily, without any form of proceedings. He told RSF that his channel’s management notified him that he would “not go on air” as from 31 May. A Geo News source confirmed to RSF that Mir was “sent on forced leave.” Hamid Mir (centre) has been taken off the air as host of the programme Capital Talk, as the screen grab on the left indicates. This act of censorship took place after Mir spoke in defence of Asad Ali Toor (right), a journalist who was tortured inside his home a week ago (photos: RSF – Eduardo Soteras / AFP). News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfirecenter_img News Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder June 2, 2021 – Updated on June 8, 2021 Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts The Geo/Jang Group, which owns Geo News, said in a statement yesterday that a speech made by Mir “resulted in backlash from different segments of society.” Capital Talk will have a temporary host while “the editorial committee and lawyers will check for violation of policy and law,” the statement added. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled that Hamid Mir, the well-known host of one of Pakistan’s most prestigious TV programmes, has been taken off the air by his TV channel after saying at a protest that those responsible for recent physical attacks on journalists should be identified. An autocratic climate is steadily taking hold in Pakistan, RSF said. “It is extremely disturbing that a media group has been reduced to censoring its own star journalist simply because he defended his fellow journalists against violence by the security services,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “In his programme, Hamid Mir nurtured the flame of democracy and pluralism in Pakistan with courage and abnegation. His disappearance from the airwaves is another step in this government’s progress towards autocracy.” Matiullah Jan, a journalist who is well known for his critical coverage of the judicial system and the military’s attempts to control it, was kidnapped for half a day in July 2020 by men who tortured him and threatened to kill him if he continued his critical reporting. Organisation Pakistan is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2021 World Press Freedom Index. to go further News Mir himself only narrowly survived being shot six times in a murder attempt that took place while he was on his way to Geo News in Karachi in April 2014. PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Violence last_img read more

Yobo, Enyeama, Mikel, 20 other Eagles for Brazil 2014


first_imgNigeria’s 23-man list for the World Cup in Brazil, was officially announced at mid night yesterday with returnee Joseph Yobo and Osaze Odemwingie guaranteed places in Stephen Keshi’s party to the South American Samba nation.Yobo is going to play in his third FIFA World Cup finals and have opportunity to become Nigeria’s first –ever century – international after he was named in the African champions’ final list of 23 for Brazil 2014.Also going to their third World Cup are goalkeepers Vincent Enyeama and Austin Ejide,  and surprisingly, Chigozie Agbim.Mikel will only be attending his first finals after Nigeria narrowly missed Germany 2006 and he was omitted from South Africa 2010 due to injury.Former junior international defender Elderson Echiejile and Olympic silver medalist Osaze Odemwingie, who were also in South Africa four years ago, make the cut for the biggest showpiece in football, starting in 10 days’ time.2013 Africa Cup of Nations top scorer Emmanuel Emenike is joined in the attack by England-based duo of Victor Moses and Shola Ameobi, and former junior international Uche Nwofor, but there is no place for Olympic silver medalist Obinna Nsofor and nimble –footed Nnamdi Oduamadi.Home –based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi, dimunitive midfielder Joel Obi, South Africa 2013 hero Sunday Mba, former U-23 star Nosa Igiebor and 2014 CHAN most valuable player Ejike Uzoenyi also miss out on the trip to South America. NIGERIA’S FINAL 23GOALKEEPERS: Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide, Chigozie AgbimDEFENDERS: Joseph Yobo, Elderson Echiejile, Juwon Oshaniwa, Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Kenneth Omeruo, Efe Ambrose, Kunle OdunlamiMIDFIELDERS: John Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Ramon Azeez, Michael Uchebo, Reuben GabrielFORWARDS: Osaze Odemwingie, Ahmed Musa, Shola Ameobi, Emmanuel Emenike, Babatunde Michael, Victor Moses, Uche Nwofor GOALKEEPERS*VINCENT ENYEAMA (31)Born: August 29, 1982Current Club: Lille (France)WC App: Two*AUSTIN EJIDE (29)Born: April 8, 1984Current Club: Hapoel Bee’r Sheva (Israel)WC App: Two*CHIGOZIE AGBIM (29)Born: November 28, 1984Current Club: Gombe United (Nigeria)WC App: None DEFENDERS*KENNETH OMERUO (20)Born: October 17, 1993Current Club: Middlesborough(England)WC App: None*GODFREY OBOABONA (23)Born: August 16, 1990Current Club: C’ Rizespor (Turkey)WC App: None*ELDERSON ECHIEJILE (26)Born: January 20, 1988Current Club: Monaco (France)WC App: One*AMBROSE EFE  (25)Born: October 18, 1988Current Club: Celtic (Scotland)WC App: None*AZUBUIKE EGWUEKE (24)Born: July 16, 1989Current Club: Warri Wolves (Nigeria)WC App: None *JOSEPH YOBO (33)Born: September 6, 1980Current Club: Norwich  (England)WC App: Two*JUWON OSHANIWA (23)Born: September 14, 1990Current Club: Asdod (Israel)WC App: None*EBENEZER K. ODUNLAMI (23)Born: March 5, 1990Current Club: Sunshine Stars (Nigeria)WC App: NoneMIDFIELDERS*JOHN MIKEL OBI (26)Born: April 22, 1986Current Club: Chelsea (England)WC App: None *OGENYI ONAZI (21)Born: December 25, 1992Current Club: Lazio (Italy)WC App: None*MICHAEL UCHEBO (24)Born: February 2, 1990Current Club: Cercle Brugge (Belgium)WC App: None*RAMON AZEEZ (21)Born: December 12, 1992Current Club: Almeria (Spain)WC App: None*Gabriel Reuben (23)Born: September 25, 1988Current Club: Waasland-Beveren (Belgium)WC App: NoneFORWARDS *OSAZE ODEMWINGIE (32)Born: July 15, 1981Current Club: Stoke (England)WC App: Two*SHOLA AMEOBI (32)Born: October 12, 1981Current Club: Newcastle (England)WC App: None*AHMED MUSA (21)Born: October 14, 1992Current Club: CSKA Moscow (Russia)WC App: None*VICTOR MOSES (23)Born: December12, 1990Current Club: Liverpool (England)WC App: None*EMMANUEL EMENIKE (26)Born: August 29, 1982Current Club: Fenerbahce (Turkey)WC App: None *UCHE NWOFOR (22)Born: September 17, 1991Current Club: Heerenveen (Holland)WC App: None*BABATUNDE MICHAEL (21)Born: December 24, 1992Current Club: Volyn Lutsk (Ukraine)WC App: Nonelast_img read more