A Pakistan journalist who writes for The Guardian has been beaten by uniformed men apparently in retaliation for revealing that he was abducted and tortured by suspected Government agents three years ago.
Waqar Kiana, 32, told The Guardian: “I don’t feel I did anything wrong. Journalists can’t be silent forever in Pakistan. If we don’t bring up the facts, then it’s no longer journalism – we become spokesmen of the government.”
Pakistan has become one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists in recent years, as its Reporters Without Borders country page reveals.
Two journalists died after a suicide bomb attack just over a week ago which killed more than 40 people.
At the end of May experienced investigative journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad was found dead in his car. According to RWB, colleagues believed that he may have been kidnapped and killed by Pakistan military intelligence operatives.