Pakistan government faces criticism for crackdown on journalists

Bilal Farooqi, news editor at the English language daily The Express Tribune, was picked up by police from outside his home in Karachi on Friday, two days after a report was registered against him.

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Pressure mounted on the Pakistani media on Friday after a journalist was reportedly arrested in Karachi for spreading hatred and maligning a state institution on social media. On the same day, sedition charges were filed against another journalist, in Jhelum.

Bilal Farooqi, news editor at the English language daily The Express Tribune, was picked up by police from outside his home in Karachi on Friday, two days after a report was registered against him.He was released on Saturday morning on the personal bail of his lawyer Jibran Nasir. Bilal’s family confirmed that he has returned home.The journalist has been reporting on sectarian violence in the country.Tashfeen Farooqi, Bilal Farooqi’s wife, earlier told the media that her husband was taken away by the police from right outside their home.

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