Geo News reporter, cameraman shot in Kohat

Senior journalist Syed Yasir Shah.  - RSF
Senior journalist Syed Yasir Shah. – RSF
  • Reporter, cameraman shot while returning from Makhad Sharif Urs.
  • Shah says that after the attack the attackers tried to chase him.
  • Attack on journalist for the second time in a year.

Kohat: A geo news On Saturday, a reporter and a cameraman were injured after falling from a motorcycle when unidentified people opened fire on Rawalpindi Road in Kohad.

According to details, Syed Yasir Shah, a senior journalist, and his accompanying cameraman were shot by two masked motorcyclists while returning from Attock after covering Makhad Sharif Urs.

Speaking to this correspondent over phone, Shah said that he got injured after falling from his motorcycle due to the firing. He told that after the attack, the attackers also tried to chase us but later ran away.

Both the injured were admitted to the District Headquarters Hospital in Kohat. Fortunately, both of them remained unharmed from the bullets.

Shah’s senior correspondent geo newsWorking since 2007. He was receiving threats for a long time.

This is the second attack on a Kohat correspondent this year. A group of unidentified assailants detonated explosives and opened fire at Shah’s residence in Kohat on 21 March.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) released its white paper on global journalism in 2020, ranking Pakistan as the fifth-worst country for journalists, with at least 138 journalists killed since 1990 and the third worst in the last four years. 42 journalists have been killed.

According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Pakistan is one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists, with three to four murders per year, often linked to corruption or trafficking cases and which are thoroughly investigated. No action is taken.

The organization ranked Pakistan 150th out of 180 countries in its press freedom list last year.

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