September 16, 2010

Mr. Sulemani's case being monitored, says CPJ

By Ms. M. Khan

Recently I left a message on the Facebook page of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), which is a renowned organization of journalists in the world. Like many other readers of The Terrorland blogs, I was also perturbed by the apathy of the government of Pakistan and rights groups. So I left this message on the page of the CPJ.

"Why are journalist bodies especially the Committee to Protect Journalists silent about the 5-month solitary confinement of journalist Habib R. Sulemani who is being punished for writing a novel, The Terrorland, against the Taliban-friendly officials and media persons in Pakistan"

The first response was from one Karen Petersen. She kindly gave me some guidance. She wrote: "‎Ms. M. Khan Dunno. Call CPJ and ask. 212-465-1004"

And then there was a response from the Committee to Protect Journalists itself.

"‎Ms M. Khan. Our Asia program staff is monitoring the case of Habib R. Sulemani, who has been confined to his house due to threats to his life. Sulemani had been working on a novel, The Terrorland, for several years," said CPJ.!/committeetoprotectjournalists?v=wall&story_fbid=109918632398393&ref=notif¬if_t=share_reply

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