US State Dept shows ‘concern’ over Jang & Geo Editor-in-Chief’s arrest

WASHINGTON: The US Department of State said it was concerned over the arrest of Jang Geo Media Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, who was detained by the NAB a day earlier in relation to a property he had purchased from a private party 34 years ago.

In a statement, Alice G. Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA), said the US foreign ministry has “noted with concern the arrest of Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman, the owner of a leading media company in #Pakistan”.

With Pakistan currently ranking at the 142nd position (out of 180 countries) on the RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, the NAB’s move to arrest Jang Geo Media Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman indicates how tolerance has deteriorated in the current government’s tenure.

Further, the State Department’s concern over MSR’s arrest by the NAB comes after various local and global rights bodies, international media watchdogs, journalists, renowned publications around the world, and artists condemned the growing curbs on the Pakistani press.

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