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Balochistan: Pakistan’s information black hole

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Province is the hardest place in the country for human rights workers, diplomats and journalists to operate, as the Guardian discovered on a visit to the region

Jon Boone and Kiyya Baloch

Even in a country with no shortage of no-go areas, human rights investigators, diplomats and journalists agree the hardest place of all from which to get accurate information is Pakistan’s Balochistan province.

State security agencies heavily restrict outsiders’ access to the resource rich region and lean on local media to ignore claims made by separatist insurgents unless confirmed by the authorities.

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A black hole for media in Balochistan

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Journalists face major difficulties in reporting from Pakistan’s troubled southwestern province.

Karlos Zurutuza

London, United Kingdom – “It is, by far, Pakistan’s most hermetic province, even more than several among the tribal areas,” said Pau Miranda, a correspondent for Spain’s EFE news agency. “Being caught in Balochistan without permission almost means being automatically expelled from the country.”
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Hundreds of Baloch rally in Karachi against media blackout in Balochistan

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Baloch rally called for UN intervention in Balochistan and urged the international media to break their ‘criminal silence’ on Pakistani state atrocities in Balochistan. 

Karachi: Large numbers of Baloch women, children, and elderly have participated in a procession against military operations in Balochistan and media’s failure to report about Baloch genocide by Pakistan. The rally set off from Ath Chowk in Lyari, also known as Nawab Bugti Chowk, and marched all the way to Karachi Press Club. The Baloch National Front, an alliance of BSO-Azad and BNM, had given the call for the rally.

The participants of rally were carrying banners, placards and flags of Balochistan. They chanted slogans against Pakistan and its security agencies. They also painted walls and shutters of closed shops with graffiti including: “BALOCH WANT FREEDOM, NO VOTE NO ELECTION AND STOP BALOCH GENOCIDE.” The rally transformed into a huge demonstration after they reached to the Press Club.

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Baloch rally against media blackout and Pakistan’s atrocities in Balochistan

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Occupied Balochistan: Rally, organized by BNF, is the largest in Turbat’s history. Whole city echoed with ”Free Balochistan” slogans. Massive show of power by Baloch National Front (BNF), an alliance of Baloch Student Organisation -Azad and the Baloch National Movement (BNM, in Turbat.

Thousands of Baloch women, children and elderly took part in a rally, on Saturday, against the military operations, kill and dump and ‘criminal silence of International media’ on gross human rights violations in Balochistan and the silence of UN and other international human rights organisations on Baloch Genocide.

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