“The reason for my son’s death is clearly stated in the FIR,” Farid told RSF. He filed the complaint together with local journalists, who described Hussain’s alleged killers as “influential people.” Receive email alerts Abid Hussain, who was badly beaten on 22 August and died of his injuries the next day in a hospital in the neighbouring district of Multan, had written many articles about drug trafficking in Punjab. January 28, 2021 Find out more August 29, 2018 Pakistani reporter killed in Punjab for covering drug trafficking June 2, 2021 Find out more “Pakistan’s journalistic community has been hit by yet another tragedy,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “It is high time that the Pakistani authorities took concrete measures to guarantee the physical safety of the country’s reporters. News Hussain is the third journalist to be murdered this year in Pakistan. Zeeshan Ashraf Butt, 29, was shot by a municipal council leader in the north of Punjab province when he tried to interview him on 27 March. Local newspaper subeditor Anjum Muneer Raja was shot six times by men on a motorcycle in a supposedly safe part of the Islamabad suburb of Rawalpindi on 1 March. His killers have yet to be identified. PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimePredatorsViolence Reporters Without Borders (RSF) notes that the information provided to the police about last week’s murder of a young journalist in Vehari District, in eastern Pakistan’s Punjab province, clearly indicates that he was killed in connection with his reporting. “Hussain used to report on the drug business in the area and those named are notorious for involvement in the drug business,” RSF was told by Muhammad Ilyas, who heads the press club in the nearby town of Sahuka. An outspoken investigative reporter, Hussain worked for the Daily Sagemail. Fight against impunity Organisation RSF_en Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Follow the news on Pakistan The presumed killers of the young journalist Abid Hussain (left) were known for their involvement in trafficking in drugs derived from poppies (right), which Hussain had covered (photos: archives – Abdul Majeed/AFP). Pakistan is ranked 139th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News News to go further News April 21, 2021 Find out more “We call on the Punjab provincial government to do everything necessary to ensure that Abid Hussain’s killers are brought to justice. At the national level, Prime Minister Imran Khan must get the parliament that was elected last month to pass firm and specific legislation protecting journalists and combatting impunity for those who attack them.” Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists The statement – called a First Information Report (FIR) – that Farid made to the police, a copy of which has been obtained by RSF, says that, “the attackers warned onlookers that they would face the same fate if they tried to intervene.” Farid identified two of the assailants as Tahir Hussain and Muhammad Imran, describing them as “criminals” whose activities had been covered by his son. PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimePredatorsViolence “We will teach you a lesson today for filing reports against us,” one of Hussain’s assailants shouted before they began hitting him repeatedly with sticks, especially over the head. The attack has been described in detail by the victim’s father, Ghulam Farid, who witnessed it.