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Media mogul receives death threats by Taliban for publishing photographs of women

(PPF/IFEX) - The All Pakistan Newspaper Society (APNS), Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) and Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) have condemned the intimidation and threats directed against Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, owner and chief executive of Jang Group, the country's largest media group. Rahman is the chairman of the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) and former president of APNS and CPNE.

Briefing members of these organisations, Rahman said he had been subjected to great pressure and threats since the beginning of 2007, including an attempt on his life, for which he had filed a criminal complaint in a city police station in Karachi. He said that he had faced the pressures and challenges to the best of his ability but found it necessary to inform the media community of the threatening situation faced by him.

Rahman said the latest threat to the Jang Group was an email by a Taliban outfit, threatening to blow up the printing press and the staff of the Jang publications unless they stopped printing photographs of young women.

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