Pakistani film-maker Jamshed Mahmood Raza popularly known as Jami has accused the CEO of reputed newspaper Dawn of raping him 13 years ago. In a series of tweets, Raza accused Dawn CEO Hameed Haroon of the assault and said his allegations were in no way related to the newspaper but to give strength to other victims of sexual assault.
Razi has tweeted that “I’m ready now. Are you ready to print this @dawn_com?”
— Jami raza (@azadjami1) December 30, 2019
However Dwan has published a report of the matter on its online news portal with the complete statement by Hameed Haroon over the allegations. Haroon, in a statement on Monday, rejected the allegations, saying it was an effort to silence him and his newspaper.
Haroon rejecting the allegations said, “the story is simply untrue and intentionally fabricated at the instance of those who wish to silence me and, through me, to compel the newspaper that I represent to support their repressive narrative”.
“Legal action would be initiated to clear his name and reputation and to “safeguard the freedom of the press by bringing to justice all those responsible for these false and malicious allegations against me,” Haroon said.
In another tweet, Jami said he knew his story would be branded an attempt to attack the newspaper. “It’s not about Dawn vs Jami. It’s (a) personal issue, raised now. I’m doing all this for few years to help victims,” the film maker said.
Raza had shocked Pakistani media in October when he tweeted about the alleged assault that happened 13 years ago. However, the director had then refused to disclose the name of the accused.
The #MeToo and #Timesup movement, which took shape after allegations of sexual harassment by the famous Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in 2017, sparked a barrage of accusations against other powerful men across the globe.
However, the campaign was quite slow in Pakistan. In 2017, future Prime Minister Imran Khan was also accused of sexual misconduct by a lawmaker. Khan had denied the allegations. In the recent past Meesha Shafi had accused Ali Zafar of sexual harassment.