18 May 2020 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 13 May 2020 n° 57/2020 Sweden

Exiled Pakistani Journalist Sajid Hussain Baloch Found Dead

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner ECPMF EFJ/IFJ RSF
Partner ECPMF EFJ/IFJ RSF
Sajid Hussain Baloch, editor-in-chief of the online news magazine Balochistan Times, has been found dead near the Swedish city of Uppsala. His body was recovered from the river Fyris on 23 April 2020.

Police launched an investigation into his death. The 39-year-old journalist had fled Pakistan in 2012 after receiving death threats, and has been living in Sweden since 2017 where he had been granted political asylum. At the time of disappearance, he was preparing to welcome his wife and children to join him in Sweden, and had just collected the keys to a new apartment. He was last seen boarding a train on 2 March 2020. The alarm was raised by Ulrika Hyllert, chair of the Journalistförbundet journalists' association.

According to a police spokesperson, the initial autopsy was inconclusive, but foul play could not be ruled out, and there were four possible lines of investigation: crime, illness, accident, or suicide. Press freedom organisations remain vigilant with regard to this case, since the Balochistan Times covers the troubled province of Baluchistan, south-west Pakistan, and Hussain Baloch had reported on forced disappearances and organised crime in his native country.
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