Journalists are released in terrorism cases | Instant News


KARACHI, Pakistan

A Pakistani court on Wednesday overturned a journalist’s guilty verdict in a terrorism case, according to court records.

A bench of two Sindh High Court judges acquitted Nasarullah Chaudhry for his appeal in the port city of Karachi, stating that prosecutors had failed to prove his case.

Chaudhry, who is linked to the local Urdu language daily, Nae Baat, was sentenced to five years in prison by the anti-terrorism court for having copies of magazines allegedly linked to terrorist groups.

Police claim to have recovered four copies of the Jawa Nawa-e-Afghanistan, or Suara Jihad Afghanistan, which originated in 2012, which, according to the prosecution, were intended to fan terrorism.

He was arrested a day after security agents raided the Karachi Press Club, the country’s oldest journalist body, sparking protests from local and international journalists groups.

The attack, and his arrest were seen as part of a perceived government campaign to curb press freedom in the country.

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