Sami Ibrahim, a senior journalist and TV anchorperson, has been reported missing from the federal capital. The Islamabad police have issued a statement stating that efforts are underway to search and recover Ibrahim, and they will cooperate with his family.
According to a complaint lodged by Ibrahim’s brother at Aabpara Police Station, the journalist was intercepted by a group of unidentified men in four cars near Sixth Avenue, Sector G-6, as he was leaving his office to go home with his driver. The men forcibly took Ibrahim and also confiscated the driver’s three mobile phones and car keys.
This incident occurs amidst a crackdown by the state on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leadership, workers, and supporters. Journalists who have expressed support for the PTI or criticized violations of civil liberties and judicial rights have also faced repercussions.
Two journalists, Imran Riaz Khan and Aftab Iqbal, were previously taken into custody, with the former’s whereabouts still undisclosed and the latter reportedly released. Ibrahim’s disappearance has sparked condemnation on social media.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
The safety of media personnel is often compromised during political crackdowns in Pakistan, leading to concerns raised by global press freedom and human rights organizations. The country has faced criticism for violating freedom of speech and failing to ensure journalist safety. According to the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) 2023 Press Freedom Index, Pakistan ranks 150 out of 180 countries.
This is not the first time Ibrahim has faced aggression from unidentified individuals. In July 2022, he was reportedly attacked and tortured outside his office in Islamabad. Ibrahim had previously stated that the attackers were driving a vehicle with a green-colored registration plate and had filmed the incident.
The disappearance of Sami Ibrahim raises further alarm regarding the safety and security of journalists in Pakistan, highlighting the ongoing challenges faced by the media industry and the need for greater protection of journalists’ rights.
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