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Three Pakistani journalists face treason charges for criticising ‘powerful military’

ISLAMABAD: Police in Pakistan have filed treason charges against three journalists known for their criticism of the country’s powerful military, in what rights activists described as a blatant attack on the freedom of expression.
Bilal Farooqi, editor at the English-language The Express Tribune daily, was briefly arrested in the southern city of Karachi but was released after an outcry on social media, his colleagues said.
A court in the capital Islamabad on Wednesday separately approved temporary bail for Asad Toor, a producer at broadcaster SAMAA, until next week.
The third journalist, Absar Alam, faces imminent arrest after a case was registered against him in the Punjab province. (DPA)