Remove Cyril Almeida’s name from ECL, Dawn newspaper tells Pakistan govt in stinging editorial

Amnesty International has also called on the Pakistani government to remove travel restrictions on Cyril Almeida and to uphold press freedom.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:October 12, 2016 1:23 pm
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Pakistan’s oldest English-language newspaper Dawn, in a hard-hitting editorial, defended its reportage of a story that has created ripples in the country. Cyril Almeida, one of the newspaper’s senior writers, had reported that there was a face-off between members of the Pakistani government and the Army over action on militant groups operating in the country. ISI Director General Lt. General Rizwan Akhtar, who was present at the meeting, was asked by government officials about the inaction of terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Haqqani network. Officials were reported to have quipped that the support to the militant groups was resulting in Pakistan’s growing international isolation. Following the story, the Nawaz Sharif government put out three statements of denial and went on to put Almeida’s name in the ‘exit control list’, thereby barring him from leaving the country.

The Dawn newspaper Wednesday, in an editorial, asked the Pakistani government to remove Almeida’s name from the list and ‘salvage some of its dignity.’

“There are times in a news organisation’s history that determine its adherence to the highest principles of journalism — its duty to inform the public objectively, accurately and fearlessly,” the newspaper said. It made it clear that it carried the story only after verification from multiple sources.

Dawn said some of the ‘historically significant’ stories from news organisations across the world have been those that were reported while resisting the state. The newspaper said it will continue to defend itself against ‘any allegation of vested interest, false reporting or violation of national security.’

Amnesty International has also called on the Pakistani government to remove travel restrictions on Almeida and to uphold press freedom.

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    arc
    Oct 12, 2016 at 9:42 am
    If only our best selling newspapers had the same courage. Instead, they cower before the govt, irrespective of who is in power. And less said about the TV news channels the better, a bunch of spineless creeps.
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      Ravi
      Oct 12, 2016 at 10:42 am
      I am regular reader of Mr.Cyril Almeida's articles in DAWN and a big fan of him. For sheer analytical, insightful and most importantly BOLD writing , I do not find any match to this extraordinarily talented journalist, in both India and stan. That he was allowed to function till date is Eighth wonder of the world.
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        Dreamsneednolabel
        Oct 12, 2016 at 12:56 pm
        In India mainstream news is sold out. Now we can see some better options coming up like scroll, the wire. These have limited resource but quality journalism.
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          Dreamsneednolabel
          Oct 12, 2016 at 12:58 pm
          The way Cyril is getting support from the rational minded readers from both India and stan shows something about his work. Hope he continues with journalism of courage.
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            Dreamsneednolabel
            Oct 12, 2016 at 12:53 pm
            True. Cyril and Nadeem F. Paracha or NFP are two jewels of Dawn.
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              Dreamsneednolabel
              Oct 12, 2016 at 2:03 pm
              Who conducted the investigation is the question though. Not saying Dawn is beyond falsehood by any means. But can't agree with your sentiment in the last line that Dawn is "specially" given to false reporting. Most readers in India and stan are jingoistic patriots. Truth and well being of the society is less important to them in comparison to mythical nationalism and national pride.
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                xyz
                Oct 12, 2016 at 9:42 am
                So whats wrong. We too stopped Priya Piillai from leaving India.
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                  sdas
                  Oct 12, 2016 at 12:31 pm
                  Well said Ravi. I do not know about being " Eighth wonder " ( probably written in jest and sarcasm ), and I agree that he really is one of the best journalists around with very incisive articles. Both the government and the army / isi of terroristan is out to get him now. He has brought into fore what India and the general potion has known for decades since independence.
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