ISLAMABAD (AP) — Amnesty International is urging Pakistan to investigate threats to journalists and probe its military and intelligence agencies for stifling media freedoms.
The watchdog says in a report released on Wednesday that Pakistani journalists often face threats to their lives from the country’s spy and military agencies, political parties, Islamic militants, sectarian outfits, separatist insurgents and al-Qaida-linked groups.
The report follows a shooting earlier this month of Hamid Mir, a Geo News anchor shot by gunmen. Mir is recovering in hospital from multiple gunshot wounds. His brother has blamed the shooting on the military’s Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI.
Amnesty alleges that the service is implicated in abductions, torture and killings of journalists. The report documented cases of 34 journalists killed in Pakistan since 2008.