Journalism School of Hard Knocks

[quote]CHICAGO A journalist for the Mississauga, Ont.-based newspaper The Pakistan Post was assaulted by two men, one armed with a cricket bat, who warned him to stop “writing against Islam” and a Pakistan-based religious organization, the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) reported Thursday.

Journalist Jawaad Faizi was attacked on the evening of April 17 while sitting in his car outside the home of the newspaper’s editor, Amir Arain. The two men smashed the car windows, and repeatedly hit Faizi. They fled when they saw him call 911 on his cell phone.

During the attack, Faizi said, the men told him to stop writing critically of the religious organization Idara Minhaj-ul-Quran and its leader, Cleric Allama Tahir-Ul-Qadri. Allama Tahir-Ul-Qadri is a frequent visitor to Canada, CJFE said.

The attack followed telephoned threats to Faizi and Arain. The night before the attack, the two filed a complaint with the police, also reporting threats they received in January.

That this attack happened here in Canada is of great concern to us,” said CJFE Executive Director Anne Game. “We call on the police to treat this matter extremely seriously and ensure that a full investigation into the attack is initiated immediately.” [/quote]
Why? Did they think Canada was immune to the silliness engulfing the world, or do they still believe it’s the hard line right making it all up? … isplay.jsp?

And for something a bit more old school: Da Mob![quote]
ALMATY, Kazakhstan A Kazakh journalist has been missing for nearly three weeks, a media advocacy said Thursday, linking the disappearance with her work on an investigative report on crime and corruption.

Oralgaisha Omarshanova, a reporter for the Law and Justice newspaper, was last seen getting into an unknown car in the commercial capital Almaty on Mar. 30 and has not been heard from ever since, the Just Word group said.

Omarshanova, 39, disappeared four days after the paper had begun publishing her series of stories looking into the alleged criminal links of an ethnic Chechen family that was involved in a clash last month with ethnic Kazakhs that left five people dead.[/quote] … isplay.jsp?

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