Freedom of the press strangled in Pakistan, paramilitary forces, torture of journalists for Covid-19 lighting | Instant News


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Balochistan: Recently there were two Pakistan TV crew was tortured for three days by paramilitary forces to cover the quarantine centre, located in the southwestern province of Balochistan, reported by “reporters without borders” (in rwf/RWB), and condemning the incident and calling for swift justice.

According to the report, 20 Jun Saeed Ali Achakzai, a reporter for Urdu-language Shima, news TV, and Abdul Matin Achakzai, the reporter Pashtun-language Khyber news TV was called the border service command center in Chaman, located near the Afghan border. After three days, they appeared again with their bodies covered with marks of torture.

“We were blindfolded and taken to the place where we were transferred to anti-terrorist forces, which is controlled by Balochistan levies and ATF took us to the notorious Machh jail and tortured we got to the point that you can see traces of torture on the back,” Abdul Matin Achakzai was quoted as saying.

“We had to get WhatsApp messages to threaten us with arrest because the Deputy Commissioner and commanders of the paramilitary force were unhappy with our lighting public protest against poor facilities at the quarantine centre,” he added.

Reacting to the incident, Daniel’s a bastard, the head of “Reporters without borders” Asia-Pacific Bureau, said: “It is absolutely unacceptable that representatives of law enforcement agencies must commit acts of torture, only because they don’t like what these two journalists said…We call on the chief Minister of Baluchistan, jam Kamal Khan in judicial investigations of those responsible for their abduction, so it’s shocking press freedom violations do not go unpunished. The credibility of the rule of law in Pakistan is under threat.”

Reporters said that journalists working in the region Chaman frequently harassed because he is the center of all trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Journalists covering stories related to such incidents are often risking their lives.

According to the Index of “Reporters without borders” press freedom 2020 in the world, Pakistan ranks 145th out of 180.



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