Media Watchdog Calls On Pakistan To Locate and Protect Life Of Missing Journalist

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its local affiliate, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) expressed outrage over the kidnapping of a Pakistani Journalist Zahid Abbas Malik, calling on the government to immediately locate and release him.

Malik, a senior journalist with Lahore editorial, the Daily Dunya, was allegedly abducted by unidentified people on May 11 from the Ichhra area of Lahore, and there is no clue about his fate so far.

“Malik’s phone is uncontactable and his hostel in Ichhra was also searched by an unidentified group of people before his disappearance,”  PFUJ said.

The family members of Malik have accused Pakistani spy agency (ISI) for allegedly kidnapping and Malik’s cousin, Aamir Raza has formally filed a case at the Ichhra police station on the incident.

The PFUJ and the Lahore Press Club (LPC) warned to organize massive nationwide protests if the government failed to find Malik.

IFJ said abduction of a journalist is a serious media rights violation and contravenes both press freedom and international human rights standards, calling on the Pakistani government to immediately begin investigating into the matter.

All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) stated that the kidnapping of Malik is highly deplorable, and expressed concern that journalists are being continuously harassed, threatened and disappeared across Pakistan.

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