PPF raises concern over the killing and free expression violations

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is concerned over the brutal murder, conviction and detention of journalists and blogger in Mexico, Vietnam and Myanmar.

On July 4, PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in a letter to Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico is alarmed at the brutal murder of journalist Salvador Adame; whose burnt body was found on June 14, 2017 at the roadside in the western state of Michoacán.

Adame was the director of Canal 6 Media TV, a local TV channel, and at the same time one of its presenters. He had had been missing since 18 May, when gunmen kidnapped him in the municipality of Nueva Italia.

Still four journalists are missing in Michoacán state named José Antonio García Apac, Mauricio Estrada Zamora, Ramón Ángeles Zalpa and María Esther Aguilar Cansimbe.

On July 4, Ali in his letter to Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of Vietnam expressed concern over the conviction of blogger and government critic Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, also known by her pen name Me Nam (‘Mother Mushroom’), on June 29, 2017.

According PEN International, Me Nam, who had been in custody since in October 2016, was convicted under “conducting propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam” convicted 10 years in prison.

On July 5, PPF had written a letter to Htin Kyaw President of the Republic of Myanmar to express its concern over the detention of three journalists in Northern Myanmar on June 26 2017.

According to Southeast Asia Press Alliance (SEAPA), Aye Naing and Pyae Phone Naing from Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) and Thein Zaw from The Irrawaddy News were arrested while traveling in Shan State in Northern Myanmar for alleged links to a rebel group.

Both the organizations have confirmed that three of them were on a reporting assignment as part of their coverage on the ongoing conflicts in the country.