Reporters Without Borders fears new upsurge of violence against press after bloody attack against Shiite in Quetta

first_imgNews Help by sharing this information Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists April 21, 2021 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) is extremely concerned about the risk of violence spilling over against the press after a bomb and gunfire attack against Shiites faithful in south-western Quetta that left around 44 dead.The international press freedom organisation called on the authorities to take all necessary steps to protect the threatened media and also urged the Pakistani press to resist all incitement to hatred among the religious communities.Within two days, Shiite demonstrators have attacked the press club in Karachi and torched the offices of the daily Jang in Quetta. The demonstrators accused the privately-owned Geo TV which is part of the Jang, press group of having broadcast “insulting remarks” on 24 February.The bomb and machine-gun attack against a procession to mark the Shia holy day of Ashura on 2 March left at least 44 dead. On the fringes of the scene of the attack, demonstrators torched cars and businesses, including the offices of the national daily Jang in Quetta. The authorities imposed a ceasefire in a bid to restore order.A group of Shiite demonstrators ransacked a part of the press club in southern Karachi on 29 February. Several hundred people came to protest against Geo TV. This followed a broadcast at the end of February during which members of the Sunni religious community reportedly made insulting remarks towards the Shia community.Some 20 demonstrators scaled the walls and broke windows at the press club. They also beat a watchman, who tried to stop them. He needed hospital treatment but his injuries were not life-threatening. The journalists inside the building took refuge in a room on the first floor while the demonstrators ransacked the premises. The demonstrators then made their way to the Geo TV studios but police blocked their way.President of the Karachi Journalists’ Union, Mazhar Abbas, told Reporters Without Borders that the press had been deliberately targeted. News March 2, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders fears new upsurge of violence against press after bloody attack against Shiite in Quetta Organisation Receive email alerts Follow the news on Pakistancenter_img June 2, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News RSF_en News January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Christ Church rejects Fairtrade

first_imgChrist Church JCR this week discussed a motion to amend a Standing Order in an attempt to require the Food Rep to support Fair Trade. To amend a Standing Order, there must be a two-thirds majority. The motion did not pass, with 11 votes for, 16 abstaining and 9 against.The discussion ‘Make the JCR Fairtrade compliant’ was held on Sunday at Christ Church JCR’s first general meeting of Trinity term. In order for Christ Church to retain their Fair Trade status, the college had asked the JCR committee to encourage Fairtrade in the JCR.According to the General Meeting Agenda issued before the meeting, this would involve putting on Fairtrade events such as Welfare Teas, the putting up of Fairtrade posters as well as coming up with some new ideas. The agenda also noted, ‘Previous Food Reps personally have not supported the idea of Fairtrade, and have therefore done little to help College in this aim.’The JCR made their stance clear in wishing to show their support for College in its aim to retain Fairtrade Status. The JCR offered to resolve the Standing Order referring to the duties of the Food Rep, proposing the modification, “Support the Steward’s position on Fairtrade and promote such a position in the JCR.”The motion, which failed to pass, comes after Michaelmas term’s JCR acceptance of Meat-Free Mondays.Fifth-year Engineer graduate student Diego Granziol told Cherwell, “I’d say it’s pretty typical of those in a position of privilege not to consider the human and environmental cost inherent in the supply chain.”It is thought that the reason the motion did not pass was because the JCR was unsure of the benefit that Fairtrade actually generates. Some students felt that they would prefer to give the money they would have spent on Fairtrade to a more efficient charity. Christ Church JCR and the Food Rep were approached by Cherwell but declined to comment.last_img read more