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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Ansar Abbasi Under Threat

The following news confirms something we know. The "threats" are issued as a last resort. It means other means have failed. Ansar Abbasi is a rare breed of journalists who cannot be lured, bribed or cajoled into subservience - hence the threat to his life and safety ~~t


On behalf of The News and the Jang Group of Publications, Group Editor of The News Shaheen Sehbai on Wednesday strongly urged the government to take immediate note of the death threats and a campaign of vilification launched by some vested interests and sections of the government against Ansar Abbasi, Editor Investigations of The News, for publishing stories exposing important persons and institutions.

In a letter sent to Federal Information Minister Sherry Rehman, copies of which were sent to the president, the prime minister, the chief of Army staff, the NA speaker and the chairman Senate, heads of intelligence agencies, all governors and chief ministers and international media watchdog bodies, Sehbai asked the government to provide protection to Abbasi and end the harassment campaign in which some cabinet ministers and supporters of the government had also become actively involved.

Ansar Abbasi had recently written a number of stories including the scam of military lands given to the JUI-F, the case of Farah Hameed Dogar and the housing project which involved Rs. 60 billion, which embarrassed the government and other institutions, including the Supreme Court.


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