Committee To Protect Journalists’ Asia Coordinator Barred From Entering Pakistan
Committee to Protect Journalists’ (CPJ) Asia Programme Coordinator Steven Butler was stopped by Pakistan’s immigration authorities on his arrival in the country.
According to a press statement issued by the organisation, Butler was informed that his name had been placed on a ‘stop list’.
The statement said that immigration authorities barred Butler from entering Pakistan as his name was on a blacklist given by the Ministry of Interior.
Butler’s passport was confiscated by airport authorities and he was forced on a flight to Doha.
The CPJ has called the move ‘baffling’ and a slap on the face of those concerned about press freedom in the country. The organisation has demanded a full investigation for the decision to block Steven Butler’s entry.
Butler had arrived in Lahore to attend the Asma Jahangir Conference: Roadmap for Human Rights in Pakistan.