The district administration of DI Khan Dera Ismail Khan on Monday denied reports that two journalists were arrested for their critical reporting on the conditions in a covid-19 quarantine centre established in the district.
Dera Ismail Khan Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Umair confirmed that two men were arrested for propagating “fake information” about the lockdown facility and misleading the media and the general public, but he said the men were not associated with any media organisation.
However, deputy commissioner, Umair khan accused the two detained men of “creating a law and order situation” in the district at a critical time. “We arrested them based on solid proofs and they failed to even show press cards.
A Dera Ismail Khan-based journalist the 2 men, Tauqeer and Wajahat Zaidi, have also been working for Dera Times, a local daily, as a photography assistant and pagemaker.
He said the duo was arrested after posting news on social media that a group of pilgrims who returned from Iran had gone on a hunger strike to protest the authorities’ decision not to release them despite spending 17 days in the Dera Ismail Khan lockdown.