HRCP flays violence against journalists
LAHORE, July 6: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Tuesday expressed concern at a spike in incidents of violence against journalists.
In a statement issued here on Tuesday, the commission said: “HRCP is alarmed at several reports of violence against journalists over the last week, including the latest instance when a police officer beat up a journalist outside the Lahore Press Club on Sunday and urged a mob to torch his car.
“Journalists in Pakistan already face immense difficulties as it is, without having to contend with violence and threats perpetrated or sponsored by government officials.
“Whatever degree of freedom the Pakistani media enjoys today has been achieved through the long struggle of working journalists and the government must prevent any measures by state officials or non-state actors to erode that.Â”