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PFUJ condemns Lahore Police excesses against Media Persons

ISLAMABAD, July 1: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has strongly condemned the police excesses against media persons in Lahore, in different incidents, journalists were the victim of indiscriminate police torture, “Government must take prompt notice of atrocities of law enforcers who responsible for creating impediments for journalists for performing their professional tasks” In a statement issued here on Wednesday the President PFUJ Mr. Pervaiz Shaukat and Secretary General PFUJ, Mr. Shamsul Islam Naz said that “the reports reaching here in PFUJ Secretariat, revealed that in last four days, police has been intentionally targeting media persons in which journalists were without any provocation and justification severely trashed and tortured in various incidents.

“Naeem Ashraf of Samma TV, Saqib Butt of Express News, Suleman Zuber Qureshi, and Ghulam Abbas of News One were among the victims. Police officials also used abusive language and tortured them without any reason, “it is unfair and indiscriminate that journalists are facing such harsh attitude from police as they have been given free hand to snub journalists without any ryme and reason.”, it is added.

It is further said that in the wake of alarming law and order situation, and security problems journalists are fully aware the sensitivity and they are fully cooperating with government functionaries and has not make a point of extra ordinary security measures which are creating a number of problems for the people. It is pity that police officials are not friendly with media personal that to spoke of ordinary citizens”, they contended.

The PFUJ has asked the Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, and police authorities to take notice of brutal misuse of force against working journalists and ensure that law enforcers should behave decently with journalists enabling them to work in peace in performance of their professional duties. “Police must act in accordance with the stipulated rules and should provide protection to journalists for fulfillment of their duties.” Said President and PFUJ Secretary General.
Source: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ)
Date:7/2/2009