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A journalist was shot killed in Jacobabad city of Sindh on Wednesday, Police arrested the assailants.

According to reports received by The Balochistan Post News Desk, a local journalists from Jacobabad city was killed by unidentified armed men. According to police, the incident took place in Dodapur area, where gunmen opened fire, killing local journalist Zulfiqar Mundrani and trying to flee the scene.

However, the police took immediate action and arrested the accused along with weapons.

According to the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), victim’s body has been shifted to the Civil Hospital for postmortem and further investigation into the incident is underway.

Media restriction is not a new phenomenon in Sindh and Balochistan. In past, numbers of journalists have been attacked in the region.

Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries for fair and transparent journalism. In the 2019 Reporters sans frontières (alias Reporters Without Borders) press freedom index, Pakistan ranked at 142 out of 180 countries. Moreover, national and international journalists have been incapacitated, threatened, abducted and even killed. Human rights groups acknowledge that the media censorship in in the region including Sindh and Balochistan is “abysmal”. Owing to its “acute media restrictions” and “suppressed freedom of speech”, Balochistan, in particular, has earned the sobriquet of ‘Pakistan’s information black hole’ in the international media.

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