RSF condemns Peshawar Press Club attack
ISLAMABAD, July 01 2006: Press freedom organization Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) has condemned the June 29 attack on the Peshawar Press Club (PPC) and the arrest of journalists in Khyber Agency on June 26. In a statement on Friday, the press body criticised the attack on the PPC, saying that the press club was a “traditionally peaceful place”. It said that the attackers were “easy to identify” and called for their arrest and punishment.
Members of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) attacked the PPC on Thursday to prevent three of its dissident. Members from holding a press conference, I and injured several journalists. Federal Minister for Political Affairs Amir Muqam and nine other PML members have been charged for the attack under the Anti-Terrorism Act. “At this delicate time after journalist Hayatullah Khan’s murder, it is very important that journalists are protected when doing their job,” the press freedom organization said. Local journalists said that it was an attempt to stop the press from doing its job, especially investigating Hayatullah Khan’s murder. PPC President Syed Bukhar Shah told RSF that the attack was “an act of terrorism”. Earlier, three journalists were held for a day on June 26 by authorities in Khyber Agency. .They had just interviewed a religious leader being sought by security services. PR
Source: Daily Times