On May 22, 2019, al-Shabaab fighters detonated a car bomb at a security checkpoint near the presidential palace in Mogadishu, Somalia, killing at least nine people and injuring 13 others.
Pakistani media outlets have been accused of allowing Islamists, including militant groups, air time to advertise their message. Activist group Pakistan Media Watch reported on April 2, 2014, that:
“Any pretense of media freedom was washed away by the ink in [journalist] Kamal Siddiqi’s pen when he wrote to instruct Express Tribune [a prominent Pakistani newspaper] reporters to write ‘nothing against any militant organization and its allies like the Jamaat-e-Islami, religious parties and the Tehrik-e-Insaf’.”“Media Freedom…For Militants,” Pakistan Media Watch, accessed May 5, 2015, http://pakistanmediawatch.com/2014/04/02/media-freedom-for-militants/.
Regarding Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the article continues, “A perfect example of this is the decision by The News (Jang Group) to publish an extensive pro-Taliban interview with jihadi leader Hafiz Saeed. The Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief excused militant violence inside Pakistan by blaming ‘foreign enemies’ and claiming that ‘Those who are destroying peace in Pakistan are directly or indirectly working on the [sic] foreign agenda’.”“Media Freedom…For Militants,” Pakistan Media Watch, accessed May 5, 2015, http://pakistanmediawatch.com/2014/04/02/media-freedom-for-militants/.
The BBC quoted Saeed in a press conference he gave after the U.S. announced a $10 million bounty on him, stating, “I am here, I am visible…I will be in Lahore tomorrow. America can contact me whenever it wants to.”“Lashkar-e-Taiba Founder Decries ‘Ridiculous’ US Bounty,” BBC News, April 4, 2012, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-17607779.
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