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Fundamentalists Threaten the Friday Times in Pakistan

by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

by sacw.net, 23 September 2008

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Jugnu Mohsin and her husband Najam Sethi are Pakistan’s most powerful media couple. Between them, they edit three newspapers, four magazines, and run a television production company. A few months ago, they began receiving threatening letters signed by the Taliban.

The letters accused Sethi of being an anti-Islam American agent. They warned him that all his reports published in both his English-language papers The Friday Times and The Daily Times had been read and rejected by the forces of Islam. He was told that unless he repented for his sins and changed his editorial policy immediately, he would be executed like all the other un-Islamic American agents in the country. A picture attached to one letter showed a Pakistani journalist alleged to be an agent of America with his throat cut.
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