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Crackdown on Media in Gilgit

Crackdown on Media in Gilgit

Gilgit Baltistan, Feb 09: Journalists in Gilgit Baltistan are often victims of atrocities by the Pakistan Security Agencies. Besides facing impediments while reporting the government misrule, journalists often face brutality at the hands of the police.

Media persons in Gilgit recently held a protest rally to condemn the police atrocities on one of their colleagues.Khalid Hussain, a senior reporter of a private Pakistani news channel, was beaten mercilessly by the police over a minor issue. He suffered severe injuries and was hospitalized.

The journalists demand stringent action against the police personnel. Many in the media fraternity claim that they are often victims of the anger of authorities for reporting against corruption, malpractice and bringing to light the plight of the people of Gilgit Baltistan.

Even owners of media organizations succumb to government pressure and victimize their own journalists, they allege. Many state that Journalism in Gilgit Baltistan is not for thos