Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management
Pakistan exist under a rule of terror imposed by a military-mullah combine, and it is, consequently, not surprising that the medium which attempts to unravel this truth and to criticize the prevailing order, has been under constant attack.
Indeed, workers and offices of Express News, one of the major media groups in Pakistan, have been relentlessly targeted. On January 17, 2014, unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants shot dead three Express News workers, after ambushing a Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) vehicle in the North Nazimabad area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Ehsanullah Ehsan, former ‘spokesman’ of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack and, by way of ‘explanation’, argued, “I would like to present some of its reasons: At present, Pakistani media is playing the role of (enemies and spread) venomous propaganda against Tehreek-e-Taliban. They have assumed the (role of) opposition. We had intimated the media earlier and warn it once again that (they must) side with us in this venomous propaganda.”