Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pakistani journalist found dead after reported arrest by intelligence agency

Pakistan is reeling after news that journalist Saleem Shahzad’s body was discovered near his abandoned car in Islamabad. Shahzad went missing Sunday night, his family said, after he left his home heading for a local TV station. Almost immediately after his disappearance, Human Rights Watch issued a release saying it had reason to believe Shahzad had been arrested by Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI. His body was found with signs that he had been tortured, according to local news reports.
Operating as an objective, honest journalist in Pakistan is like navigating a minefield. Reporters Without Borders has noted news media freedom in Pakistan has plunged in recent years and it is now among the world’s most dangerous places to report from. Last year, 11 journalists were killed in Pakistan, the organization said.

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