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Pakistani Christian journalist attacked for reporting persecution of Christians


8 April 2015

Christian reporter, Shamim Masih, was attacked on 29 March in the capital city of Pakistan, Islamabad, and warned to stop reporting on Christian persecution. Police have so far made no attempt to investigate the incident.

Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, where a Christian reporter was attacked
Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, where a Christian reporter was attacked
Abeer J. Chaudhri / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

According to the leader of the Pakistan Christian Congress party, Nazir S Bhatti, the reporter was attacked by two people on a motorcycle as he visited a residential part of the city. “The motorbike riders got down from their bike and started beating Shamim Masih,” he said. “[They] broke his arm and warned him that if he did not stop reporting on Christian issues, they knew his family and home and would teach him and his family a lesson.”

Pakistani police have so far not registered the incident. Condemning police inaction on the matter, politician Nazir Bhatti said: “as Shamim Masih is a Christian journalist…the police and administration are not paying any attention or interest to investigate this incident”.