A friend comforts Pakistani journalist Taha Siddiqui, who escaped a kidnapping attempt, after he made a statement to police in Rawalpindi, Pakistan January 10, 2018. REUTERS/Caren Firouz
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Looking for support in any way possible #StopEnforcedDisappearances," Siddiqui wrote in a tweet posted on a fellow journalist's account.He later said the attempt bore similarities to previous abductions by authorities, suggesting that "agencies" may have been involved. 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.More than 1,500 people are still missing in disappearance cases, according to data compiled by Pakistan's commission of inquiry on enforced disappearances published this month.Pakistan routinely ranks among the world's most dangerous countries for media workers, and coverage 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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