Pakistan Taliban kills Karachi TV station staff

Rebecca Hawkes | 20-01-2014

The Pakistani Taliban says it was responsible for a deadly attack on private television channel in the southern Pakistan city of Karachi on 17 January.

The group, which killed three employees of Express News during the attack, also threatened violence against other media organisations.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) accused Express TV and other media outlets of supporting the government in what it termed a "war" against it.

"We will continue to target the media if they do not stop propaganda against Islam and the Taliban," Sajjad Mohmand told Reuters news agency.

The Express TV workers comprising a technician, a guard and a driver were shot by assailants while sitting in their van.

Former TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan was quoted by Express TV as saying: "Channels should give coverage to our ideology. Otherwise we will continue attacking the media."

Express TV was attacked on two previous occasions. The TTP also claimed responsibility for one of these assaults, in December 2013.

Pakistan is among the world's five deadliest countries for the media, according to 2013 annual report from media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF).