Reporter Without Borders (RSF) Condemn re-arrest of Munir Mengel
Reporters Without Borders voiced indignation at the authorities’ hounding of Munir Mengal, one of the managers of Baloch Voice television who was released by the Balochistan High Court on 12 September saying he was guilty of no crime, only to be rearrested by police.
The inspector general of police in Balochistan told journalists in Quetta on 14 September that Mengal had been arrested by the criminal investigation bureau.
“It is outrageous that 17 months after being kidnapped by military secret services in Karachi, Munir Mengal has still not been released,” the worldwide press freedom organization said. “The authorities should respect the High Court ruling. His latest arrest is illegal de facto and an insult to the rule of law,” it said.
Lawyers for Mengal decided to take a new case to the Balochistan High Court against the provincial police and the security forces.
Elsewhere, authorities in Sindh province, ordered to explain the journalist’s disappearance, had said on 19 September that he was no longer being held by their services.