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Police detain Waqt TV team

ISLAMABAD – Security personnel in plain clothes locked the Waqt TV team in Parliament Lodges for covering the arrest scene of PML-N acting President Makhdoom Javed Hashmi.

The security people raided Hashmi’s apartment in the Parliament Lodges when the Waqt TV reporting team consisting of reporter Hasnain Ghayoor and cameraman Asim Qureshi was interviewing the PMI-N acting chief.

Both the reporters and the cameraman were stopped from covering the scene of arresting Hashmi, who also exchanged harsh words with the security personnel. They not only stopped the Waqt TV team from the coverage but also locked them in a room in the Parliament Lodges.

However, later on they succeeded in escaping from the illegal detention through the window left open. The journalists’ community criticised the action of the security personnel for stopping the reporters from coverage after putting them in illegal lockup.

CR Shamsi, senior journalist and PFUJ leader condemning the event said, “The present regime under the toxicity of power has not only gone blind against the opposition parties but also has imposed an unannounced crack­down on media that is very regrettable”.

He said the government was hampering free reporting in an Islamic democratic state. “The government must abstain from stopping the media to render, professional duties as it was against the civilized codes of independent society,” he added.
Source: The Nation
Date:9/24/2007