Sources directory of experts and spokespersonsMedia Names & Numbers Canadian media directoryParliamentary Names & Numbers Canadian government directorySources Hotlink media relations newsletter


Media Releases from members of Sources.
To submit a news release, use this form.

Pakistan: Press freedom activist attacked in Lahore

February 19, 2009

Reporters Without Borders voices its supports for journalist Imtiaz Alam, the secretary general of the South Asia Free Media Association (SAMFA), a regional press freedom group, who was attacked by four men wielding hockey sticks late last night near his home in the Doctor′s Colony neighbourhood of the eastern city of Lahore.

Alam was approaching his home in his car at about 11 p.m. when he was waylaid by four bearded men aged between 25 and 30 wearing traditional "shalwar kamiz" dress, who kept hitting the car with their hockey sticks for several minutes before finally leaving on motorcycles. Alam sustained injuries to his arms from shattered glass.

A neighbour said he saw a total of six men hiding in the street, waiting for Alam′s car to approach. While four of them carried out the attack, the other two looked on. Alam said he received a phone call 45 minutes after the attack warning him of "terrible consequences" if he told anyone what had happened.

Alam said this "cowardly act" was designed to deter him from speaking out about terrorism, but he pledged to continue. The SAFMA campaigns for press freedom throughout South Asia and supports dialogue between Pakistan and India.

Alam reported the attack to the local police station where a police officer, Hamad Akhtar, confirmed that the complaint had been registered and would be investigated.

For more information contact:
Reporters without Borders
Phone: 33 1 44 83 84 84

    Information and Media Resources from Sources
Main News Release page Media releases from clients of the Sources media relations service.
Sources Calendar Check out newsworthy events from across Canada.
Sources Directory Search the Sources directory of experts, contacts and media spokespersons. Find how to include yourself in Sources.
Publish your news releases Sources can help you distribute your media releases
Media Names & Numbers Directory of Canada's print and broadcast media.
Parliamentary Names & Numbers Full contact information for government, political parties, lobbyists, and embassies.

Sources home page

Sources HomeSources directory of experts and newsmakersDownload free PDF sourcebooksMedia Names & Numbers Canadian media listsParliamentary Names & Numbers Canadian government directoryCanadian News ReleasesJournalism & Media LinksFame & Fortune Awards for Writers & JournalistsSources Calendar of Canadian eventsSources HotLink media relations newsletterProducts & services to get your message outInclude yourself in Sources and raise your profileAdvertising placements targeting opinion leadersAbout our AdvertisersSubscribe to Canada's top media & government directoriesCanadian media & government mailing lists & databasesDistribute your media releasesSuccess stories from Sources clientsEmployment & internship opportunitiesContact Sources