ISLAMABAD - The media persons/journalists working in the danger or conflict areas, especially those discharges their duties in Balochistan province, can not be left at the mercy of militant or extremist groups.

This was stated by Chairman, Press Council of Pakistan (PCP), Raja Shafqat Abbasi on Wednesday. He strongly condemned the brutal killing of tribal journalist, Abdul Haq Bloch in Khuzadar district. That speaks of the deadly challenges faced by working journalists in areas especially where law and order situation is worse.

Abbasi said that government, civil society, media organisations and political parties should evolve strategy to combat the extremism, terrorism and militancy in the society which has endangered the freedom of press and right to the public. He said that many journalists in the tribal areas as well as in Baluchistan have migrated due to the life threats.

He said political parties, militant and religious groups are pressuring the journalist using all means for favorable reports which is highly unethical and demanded protection of journalists from this menace. 

He urged the concerned quarters to take immediate measures to provide safety care system for working journalists in conflict zones especially in Baluchistan.

He said Mr. Abdul Haq Bloch was a brave and committed journalist and his sacrifice will not go waste.

He said Press Council of Pakistan has condemned the registration of cases against 26 journalists who were holding peaceful protests over the murder of their colleague. Registration of the case by local police tantamount to negating of the freedom of expression was guaranteed under article 19 of constitution.

PCP demanded that action must be taken against the official who has registered the cases against journalists.

PCP has demanded for the payment of compensation to the deceased family. Chairman sought a report from home secretary / Chief Secretary Baluchistan asking what steps has been taken in the matter.