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US expresses concern over brutal attack on Pak journalist

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The US today expressed concern over the brutal attack on Pakistani Taha

"We are always very concerned over any reports of violence against journalists, in and around the world. We will continue to monitor developments," a State Department said responding to a question on the attack on

"The values freedom of expression as a key component of democratic governance. An active and tolerance of dissenting views are vital components of any democracy," the said as several came out in condemnation of the attack on Siddique.

Siddiqui, the Pakistani for the New Delhi- based television channel WION, was in on his way to the airport when a group of men stopped his car on the highway, beat him, and threatened him.

The men then attempted to abduct the journalist, according to

He said he believed his attackers knew that he was on his way to the airport, and had orchestrated this assault because they knew it would take longer for people to realise he was missing as he was supposed to be in transit.

"This brazen attempt to abduct on a busy highway in broad daylight suggests the perpetrators have no fear of facing any consequences," said Steven Butler, programme coordinator of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

"Pakistani authorities must end these lawless attacks against journalists and freedom of expression," said as CPJ urged to investigate the attempted abduction Siddiqui and prosecute the perpetrators.

"This kidnap attempt is extremely worrying in a country where the lack of security for journalists and impunity for crimes of violence against them is a structural problem," said Daniel Bastard, the head of Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

"Although Siddiqui has been harassed and threatened for months, he is a whose investigative reporting has never hesitated to implicate the military when appropriate, although criticising the armed forces is very dangerous for journalists in We urge the authorities to make every effort to guarantee his safety," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 22:50 IST