Det opplyser presseorganisasjonene i en melding mandag. Der har de bedt om at ambassadør Riffat Masood bidrar til at TV 2-journalist Kadafi Zaman blir satt fri.
«Basert på den informasjonen vi sitter inne med fremstår beskyldningene mot Zaman som grunnløse og absurde», heter det blant annet i henvendelsen fra de to organisasjonene.
Her er hele brevet (på engelsk):
Regarding the arrest of Norwegian journalist Kadafi Zaman
The Norwegian Press Association and The Association of Norwegian Editors are informed about the arrest of the Norwegian journalist Kadafi Zaman in the city of Gurjat in Pakistan on Friday 13th of July.
According to the information we have recieved, Mr Zaman was, as a professional journalist, covering a political demonstration, and merely doing his job, when he was arrested, accused of being a part of the demonstration and for – among other things – trying to kill police officers.
We would like to emphasize that Mr Zaman is a highly respected reporter in the national public broadcasting company TV 2 in Norway. He is – from our experience – very well aware of how he should execute his role as a professional journalist and the importance of not getting involved as a part in any conflict he would cover as a journalist. Based on this acknowlegde, and based on statements from both Mr Ghazanfar Ali at the Kakrali Police Station and Mr Zaman himself, we find the accusations baseless and absurd. We therefore ask You, MsAmbassador, to engage for the immidate release of Mr Kadafi.
We will remind the Pakistan government that Pakistan has ratified The International Bill of Rights, including articles protecting the right to free speech, wich also includes the freedom of the press and the right to free reporting.
President of The Association of Norwegian Editors
Norwegian Press Association