My Name Put on A4 Sheets at Immigration Counters, Tweets Pak Journalist Cyril Almeida
Dawn journalist Cyril Almedia (TV Grab)
New Delhi: Cyril Almeida, the Pakistani journalist in the centre of a storm after the government placed him on the Exit Control List, tweeted that every immigration officer in the country had his name plastered on his desk.
"Ur very famous in the airport. Ur name plastered at each immigration officer's desk. A big A4 sheet with just your name." - 'sources' say
— cyril almeida (@cyalm) October 11, 2016
The action came on Monday in reaction to an exclusive story on October 6 by Cyril Almeida in Dawn Newspaper about a confrontation between the civilian government and the military. The Prime Minister’s Office in Pakistan issued a statement on Monday, its third, “strongly” denying the contents of the report and terming it a “fabrication”.
In response, the newspaper issued a note stating that it stood by the story, which had been “verified, cross-checked and fact-checked”. Pakistani journalists and politicians took to social media to express their support for the beleaguered journalist, making #CyrilAlmeida one of the top trends on Twitter in Pakistan. The other hashtag that is trending is #StandWithCyril
Former Dawn Editor Abbas Nasir
Senator Sherry Rehman
Poor show PM Nawaz.@cyalm criticises many of us,but do we advocate travel bans? End this embarrassment for the country. Remove him from ECL
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) October 11, 2016
Hamid Mir of Geo TV