Tauqeer Zaidi & Wajahat Zaidi
FOE Link or motive by PPFConfirmed
Case Update Status
Police released the journalists, No FIR was filed.
Summary of Case
On Apr 4th, 2020 Local police in Dera Ismail Khan arrested 24 News channel’s reporter Tauqeer Zaidi and cameraperson Wajahat Zaidi in connection with reporting “mismanaging” during establishment of quarantine centre for COVID-19 patients in Dera city.
During the arrest police also took away mobile phones from the two journalists. The mobiles have not yet been returned as police say they are sent to Federal Investigation Agency for forensic report. The TV crew was freed after Freedom Network aggressively highlighted the case and a federal minister who comes from the city also intervened. The district administration of Dera Ismail Khan on Monday denied reports that two journalists were arrested for their critical reporting on the conditions in a coronavirus quarantine center established in the district.
DI Khan Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Umair confirmed that two men were arrested for propagating "fake information" about the quarantine facility and misleading the media and the general public, but he said the men were not associated with any media organization. Former Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mr. Umair accused the two detained men of "creating a law and order situation" in the district at a critical time. "We arrested them based on solid proofs and they failed to even show press cards," he told Dawn News TV. The deputy commissioner said that the detained men were not members of the local press club and accused them of "spreading propaganda" online. They were arrested under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance (MPO).
However, senior journalist Nasim Zehra and Azmat Shah, a 24 News HD correspondent in Peshawar identified one of the detained persons, Tauqeer Zaidi, as a reporter for 24 News HD TV channel, for which she herself hosts a programme. Journalist Hamid Mir and media watchdog Freedom Network too had earlier demanded the two journalists' release on Twitter.
According to the official, the two men were released on Apr 6th 2020, Monday, a day after they were arrested, after they submitted a written apology and the charges against them were withdrawn
. A DI Khan-based journalist told Dawn News TV that the two men, Tauqeer and Wajahat Hussain, have also been working for Dera Times, a local daily, as a photography assistant and pagemaker.
He said the duo was arrested after posting news on social media that a group of pilgrims who returned from Iran had gone on a hunger strike to protest the authorities' decision not to release them despite spending 17 days in the DI Khan quarantine.
Category of Incident
ICCS Divisions: 0202-Acts against liberty
ICCS Group: 02022-Deprivation of liberty
ICCS Class: N/A
ICCS Crime: Acts against liberty
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Dera Ismail Khan
Camera Person and Reporter
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Journalist denied to share
Amount of compensation announced by government: No Compensation Announced
Date of compensation announcement by government: No Compensation Announced
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Date compensation paid by others: No Compensation Announced
Was FIR registered ?: No
Was case investigated ?: No FIR registered
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Status of court case: No case registered
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