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Umar Cheema is an Investigative journalist at The News; Co-founder Center for Investigative Reporting in Pakistan. He has received number of awards during his career uptil now. He is a reporter of 'The News'.
- In Urdu:
MSC in comparative politics
Umar Cheema is an investigative reporter for the Pakistani newspaper The News
- Awards :
International Press Freedom Award
1 son and 1 Daughter
In September 2010 An investigative reporter Umar Cheema was on his way home from dinner when men in black commando garb stopped his car, blindfolded him and drove him to a house on the outskirts of town. There he says, he was beaten and stripped naked. His head and eyebrows were shaved and he was videotaped in humiliating positions by assailants who he and other journalist believe were affiliated with the country's powerful spy agency. His captors made clear why he had been singled out for punishment : for writting against the government. "If u can't avoid rape," one taunted him, "enjoy it".
The Additional District and Sessions Court of Peshawar slapped a fine of Rs. 1 million on The News International’s Umer Cheema in a defamation suit filed by Ex-Director Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Dr. Fasihuddin. Dr. Fasihuddin, who is now serving as Director Research and Analysis Centre KP, was removed from his post of Director FIA, KP in November 2010 after the publication of an erroneous news story about him. In a detailed verdict issued on May 11, Additional District and Session Judge Aurangzeb Khan declared that, “the plaintiff has suffered damage to his honor and reputation as a result of the disputed article published in newspaper “The News International” by the defendant .” As per the court’s judgment, the plaintiff is entitled to general damages of Rs. 1 million in compensation for the erroneous story published about him.
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