Pakistan. Pakistani media alarmed by unprecedented censorship of state institutions

ISLAMABAD: While the plight of journalists in Pakistan continues to be a serious concern, the Association of Electronic Media Editors and News Managers (AEMEND) has expressed concern over the disappearance of journalists in the country, Dawn News reported.
Dawn is a PakistDaily that reports current events in Pakistan related to politics and social issues.
Furthermore, he warned against “undeclared censorship” and unwarranted intervention by government and state institutions in media operations.
The association held an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss the challenges facing the media in the South Asian country.
The censorship “imposed by the government and other state institutions” was deplored by the participants, according to a press release issued after the meeting.
The summit also urged journalists to avoid becoming politicized, naming some reporters, presenters and media professionals whose actions “cannot be excused as journalism” both in person and on social media, Dawn reported. .
However, he added, no one can support or remain silent in the face of the forced abduction of anyone, be it a political activist or a journalist.
The rally encouraged Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to pay attention to the disappearance of journalists, according to Dawn.
Recently, a veteran Pakistani journalist Sami Abraham was allegedly “abducted” by unidentified men in Islamabad on May 24, his family said, saying no information was available regarding his whereabouts.
Abraham was arrested by law enforcement. Abraham’s brother, Ali Raza, filed a kidnapping complaint at the Aabpara police station in the federal capital, according to Dawn.
The app claimed that around 9 a.m., Abraham, who had just left BOL TV headquarters and was returning home, was stopped by four vehicles, according to Pakistani newspaper Dawn.
He was taken away against his will by a group of eight to ten unidentifiable individuals who suddenly got out of the cars.
In particular, Sami Abraham is a leading Pakistani journalist and presenter for the private television channel BOL News.
Pakistan remains “one of the most dangerous countries” for journalists. According to the New Pakistan report, journalists in Pakistan have been killed by militants, insurgents and “unidentified state actors”.
While quoting a Dawn op-ed, the report said, “The common thread running through these murders is that truth and justice are elusive, and the killers go free while families search in vain for answers.”
Quoting the death of a journalist Arshad Sharifthe report says his murder in Kenya under mysterious circumstances shows the “chilling reality” that “Pakistani journalists and dissidents are not immune to threats even outside the country”.
Arshad Sharif (49), a veteran Pakistani journalist was killed in cold blood on October 24 in Kenya while driving from Magadi to Nairobi, accompanied by his brother Khurram Ahmed around 10 p.m.
Sharif’s death has shocked rights organizations, the media fraternity and civil society and called for an investigation into the matter.


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