Journalists and civil society took to the streets on Wednesday to in a present of solidarity for journalists who’ve been killed in Gaza since Israel launched an air and floor assault following the shock assault by Hamas on October 7.
An estimated 100 protesters marched from Karachi Press Club (KPC) to the Sindh Governor House, chanting slogans and waving Palestinian flags as they wore the keffiyeh — a black and white patterned scarf.
More than 40 journalists are among the many demise toll of Palestinians killed by Israeli bombardment in response to Palestinian fighter group Hamas’ surprising border breach, which Israeli officers claimed the lives of 1,400 folks.
According to a report published by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) as we speak, eight journalists have been injured, three are reported lacking and 9 have been arrested.
Additionally, greater than 10,500 Palestinians — together with over 4,000 youngsters — have been killed in the previous month, in accordance with well being officers in Gaza, as Tel Aviv intensifies its assault on the coastal enclave.
Author and veteran journalist Razia Sultana recommended the “unbelievable bravery” proven by Palestinian journalists offering protection amid heavy Israeli bombardment.
“They’ve develop into function fashions for us,” she mentioned. “I salute them.”
Sultana lamented that journalists couldn’t even bury the deceased with dignity, notably referencing Al Jazeera journalist Wael Dahdouh — who misplaced his household in an Israeli strike on October 25.
Despite shedding a number of relations, the Al Jazeera Bureau Chief in Gaza continued to report for the channel barely 24 hours after studying of their deaths.
“I felt that it was my responsibility, regardless of the ache and the open wound, to get again in entrance of the digicam, and to speak with you on social media as quickly as doable,” Dahdouh had said after the strike.
Geo News reporter Tariq Abul Hassan echoed the emotions of Sultana. An skilled reporter masking conflicts in a number of struggle-stricken areas corresponding to Afghanistan and Lebanon, Hassan condemned Israel for disregarding worldwide legal guidelines with its widespread bombing of Palestine.
He mentioned that in the course of the 2006 Lebanon War between Hezbollah and Israel, Tel Aviv had focused and killed a number of journalists then too.
Household title Chand Nawab was additionally amongst a number of distinguished journalists in attendance. “They are killing harmless youngsters, they’re terrorising Gaza,” he mentioned as he decried American help to Israel in the aftermath of the assault by Hamas.
“There have been protests against Israel throughout [the world]. Journalists are additionally protesting in Karachi. Where is the United Nations?” he requested.
“I urge everybody to point out up in massive numbers for any protest occurring in help of Palestine,” mentioned Uzma Sultan, one other one of many attendees. “We want to point out our Palestinian brethren that we stand with them in their hour of want.”
Wajih Sahini from Geo News mentioned that the historical past of Israeli atrocities against Palestinians “went far past October 7”. He mentioned that the Western media was being biased and “not exhibiting the opposite aspect of the story”.