Protest Against attack on journalist -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Protest Against attack on journalist

GILGIT: Journalists and human rights activists staged protest demonstration and sit-in on Tuesday against the attack on one of their fellow journalists by a group of people.

The attackers, including a policeman, also burnt entire bundle of a local newspaper for publishing a news story regarding resignation of a cleric who leads Friday prayers in one of the main mosques of the town.

Journalists carrying placards marched on the main road in the. capital city of the region, shouted slogans and staged sit-in at Ittehad Chowk and in front of Assistant Commissioner’s Office. President Gilgit Press Club, Mehbub Khayyam; president, Gilgit Union of Journalist, Imtiaz Au Taj and coordinator Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Northern Areas, Israrud Din Israr spoke to the rally of the Journalists, condenming the attack on Ali Mardan and declared an attack on freedom of the press and an attempt to harass the journalists.

They said the religious extremists have held the entire society hostage and now they wanted to intimidate and subjugate the media to continue their agenda of haired.

They marched towards Supreme Appellate Court but were intercepted by the police near District Police Lines and used baton charge on the journalists.

However, journalists kept on their march and scuffled with police who used brute force agains the protesters and tore the cloths some journalists and damaged cameras of photo journalists.

They, somehow, managed to reach outside the Supreme Appellate Court. A five-member Delegation of the protesting journalist called on Chief Judge, Supreme Appellate Court Chief Judge, Mr Justice Mohammad Nawaz Abbasi, and apprised him of the highhandedness of police with the media persons.
Source: Dawn
Date:5/27/2009