Journalists condemn kidnapping of colleague -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Journalists condemn kidnapping of colleague

SUKKUR: A large number of journalists held a demonstration and staged a sit-in at Clock Tower roundabout here on Tuesday to protest against the kidnapping of a journalist near the local press club on Monday night.

Mohammad Rizwan Siddiqi, a reporter of an Urdu newspaper, was kidnapped by four armed men when he was on way to the press club.

According to eyewitnesses, Rizwan Siddiqi four armed men were in a double cabin vehicle with an official number plate. Police, however, were denying picking up the journalist.

Mohammad Rizwan’s brother Mohammad Afzal Siddiqui has lodged an NC at the C-Section police station.

Leaders of the Indus Union of Journalists, which organised the demonstration, criticised deteriorating law and order situation in the city and termed the journalist’s kidnapping the worst example of poor performance of police. They demanded immediate recovery of the journalist.

Meanwhile, journalists in Hyderabad held a march from the local press club to the DPO’s office to voice protest against murderous attack on the bureau chief of a TV channel, Anwar Kamal, on July 24, and attack on chief reporter of a Sindhi daily Sarfaraz Vistro on July 22.

The participants of the march also staged a sit-in outside the office of the DPO and demanded arrest of the assailants.
Source: Dawn
Date:7/28/2010