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TV journalist killed; press club attacked

A Pakistani journalist was shot dead on 28 May as he reported details of Taliban attacks on two mosques, report the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Ninety-four people were killed in the simultaneous attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers. In a separate incident, journalists at a press club came under attack for their coverage of local protests.

Ijaz-ul-Haq, a technician employed by Lahore-based City-42 TV, rushed to one of the mosques close to his home after a call from the TV station and was reporting live over his mobile phone when he was killed. He is the fourth journalist killed in Pakistan this year, reports RSF.

In another part of the county, protesting teachers attacked a press club on 27 May after burning newspapers, says PPF. Three journalists were injured when teachers stormed the press club and started beating them with their fists and sticks. More than 50 teachers affiliated with the All Primary Teachers Association (APTA) were holding protest rallies against a delay in the implementation of the Pay and Pension Commission's recommendations. They complained that the media did not cover their protest properly and threatened more retribution if it was not covered to their satisfaction.

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