Pakistan Sentences Journalist to Jail

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Renowned Pakistani journalist, Nasrullah Chaudhry, has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Sources disclosed that Chaudhry was convicted under anti-terrorism laws for allegedly possessing banned literature.

Media Watch organizations   across the globe  said the anti-terrorism charges against Nasrullah Chaudhry  were injurious to the  freedom of  press

Chaudhry, a district news desk editor at the Urdu-language daily Nai Baat, who was arrested on November 11, 2018, was accused of being in possession of literature that could incite sectarian dispute in Pakistan.

A court in Pakistan convicted the popular journalist on December 26.

The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists said in   a statement that   it was concerned about  Chaudhry’s conviction. It said the reporter was “implicated in false and fabricated cases in the recent past by different state institutions in an attempt to stifle the freedom of expression.”

The statement also noted that Chaudhry’s arrest followed a raid on the Karachi Press Club, for which authorities offered conflicting reasons.”

Pakistani police authorities have  declined to comment on the issue.

Sources disclosed that Chaudhry was convicted under anti-terrorism laws for allegedly possessing banned literature.

Media Watch organizations   across the globe  said the anti-terrorism charges against Nasrullah Chaudhry  were injurious to the  freedom of  press

Chaudhry, a district news desk editor at the Urdu-language daily Nai Baat, who was arrested on November 11, 2018, was accused of being in possession of literature that could incite sectarian dispute in Pakistan.

A court in Pakistan convicted the popular journalist on December 26.

The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists said in   a statement that   it was concerned about  Chaudhry’s conviction. It said the reporter was “implicated in false and fabricated cases in the recent past by different state institutions in an attempt to stifle the freedom of expression.”

The statement also noted that Chaudhry’s arrest followed a raid on the Karachi Press Club, for which authorities offered conflicting reasons.”

Pakistani police authorities have  declined to comment on the issue.

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