RSF concerned about missing journalist
HYDERABAD, July 13 2006: International media rights watchdog Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF) on July 12 voiced concern about the fate of journalist Mehruddin Marri, who reportedly went missing in Badin district on June 27. “Several local sources said that intelligence services could be responsible for his disappearance,” the Paris-based organisation observed in a statement issued worldwide. “This case is one of a series of very disturbing kidnappings of journalists in Pakistan,” the statement said.
“We call on the authorities to do everything possible to find Marri as quickly as possible to dispel suspicions that police were involved in his abduction.” The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) president and secretary general fear that Marri has been abducted by intelligence services and have urged the authorities to try him under the law if he has violated any law, the statement said. Marri, who works for the Sindhi language newspaper Kawish, went to a police station in Thatta on June 27 in response to a summon. Family said police kidnapped Marri when he was returning home. Police deny the charges.
Source: Daily Times