Two non-profit bodies promoting press freedom condemn brutal attack on Pak journalist

Vastavam web: Two non-profit bodies promoting press freedom have condemned the brutal attack on a prominent journalist in Pakistan and asked authorities in the country to guarantee his safety and ensure freedom of expression.Taha Siddiqui, the Pakistani bureau chief of Indian television channel WION, yesterday said he was attacked by 10 -12 men while he was going to the airport in Rawalpindi but managed to escape before being kidnapped.”This brazen attempt to abduct journalist Taha Siddiqui on a busy highway in broad daylight suggests the perpetrators have no fear of facing any consequences,” said Steven Butler, Asia program coordinator of the Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ).

In a statement, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) called on Pakistani authorities to do whatever is necessary to guarantee the safety of Siddiqui.”This kidnap attempt is extremely worrying in a country where the lack of security for journalists and impunity for crimes of violence against them is a structural problem,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF s Asia-Pacific desk.