Pakistani journalist Taha Siddiqui, who escaped a kidnapping attempt, speaks at a gathering in Islamabad, Pakistan May 23, 2017. Picture taken May 23, 2017. (REUTERS/Sara Farid)
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Siddiqui, the Pakistani bureau chief of Indian television channel WION and who has reported for France 24, had previously complained of being harassed by authorities for publishing bold critiques of the country's security establishment.Human rights and media groups voiced concern over the incident, saying the use of violence against journalists was troubling. The country routinely ranks among the world's most dangerous countries for media workers, and reporting critical of the powerful military is considered a red flag, with reporters at times detained, beaten and even killed for running afoul of the security establishment.
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