RSF decries Pakistan’s closure of Radio Mashaal bureau

first_img News PakistanAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentArmed conflictsPredators Last autumn, journalists in the southwestern province of Baluchistan were given an ultimatum by armed separatist groups operating in the province after the authorities banned the media from covering the actions of these groups or the statements they issue. Organisation Help by sharing this information Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire The interior ministry announced the Islamabad bureau’s closure on 19 January on the grounds that the radio station’s programmes were “against the interests of Pakistan” and “in line with a hostile intelligence agency’s agenda.” RSF has obtained a copy of the interior ministry directive (attached), which quotes the findings on an ISI report accusing Radio Mashaal of portraying Pakistan as a “hub of terrorism” and as a “failed state in terms of providing security to its people.” It also accuses it of portraying the Pashtun population as “disenchanted with the state.” “It is not the job of the intelligence services to dictate the editorial line of a radio station that provides Pashto speakers with an alternative viewpoint,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “Investigating security and terrorism issues and interviewing people in the field is not acting against Pakistan’s interests. This is what’s called journalism and it’s what enables a society to prosper. The authorities must immediately rescind this decision, which constitutes a grave violation of media freedom.” Broadcasting on the short wave from Prague, Radio Mashaal is an offshoot of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), which is funded by the US congress. It was created in 2010 “to provide an alternative to extremist propaganda in the tribal regions along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan,” RFE/RL says. Radio Mashaal was created to provide Pashto speakers with “an alternative to extremist propaganda in the tribal regions along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan” (photo: Noorullah Shirzada / AFP). Safety of its journalists News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Pakistan’s federal government to rescind its arbitrary and iniquitous decision, on the recommendation of the all-powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), to shut down the Islamabad bureau of Radio Mashaal, a Pashto-language radio station funded by the US congress. June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistan is ranked 139th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Receive email alerts Rightly included on RSF’s list of press freedom predators, the ISI often threatens and intimidates media outlets that fail to toe its line. Investigative coverage of security issues is a red line that exposes those who cross it to arrest, harassment or murder. RSF_en Follow the news on Pakistan “Radio Mashaal serves no intelligence agency or government,” RFE/RL President Thomas Kent said in response to the interior ministry’s accusations. “Our reporters are Pakistani citizens who are dedicated to their country and live and raise families in the villages in which they report.” News April 21, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Related documents The notice of the ministry of Interior justifying the closure of Radio Mashaal operations in PakistanPDF – 36.42 KB News January 23, 2018 RSF decries Pakistan’s closure of Radio Mashaal bureau PakistanAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentArmed conflictsPredators RSF shares the safety concerns of the radio station’s journalists, and calls on the authorities to do whatever is necessary to guarantee their security. to go further January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Manti Mountain Bike Team Visits Soldier Hollow Saturday

first_img Brad James August 13, 2020 /Sports News – Local Manti Mountain Bike Team Visits Soldier Hollow Saturday Tags: Manti Bike Team FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMIDWAY, Utah-The Manti Mountain Bike Team visits Soldier Hollow of Midway Saturday August 15.Masks and wristbands are required for all riders.There will be a limited amount of masks on-site available for purchase.The venue will only allow 1,000 spectators or fewer.Riders can only have individually-packaged snacks and drinks.No overnight camping is permitted on-site.The next event occurs October 5 in Price at the Green Venue. Written bylast_img