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CPNE condemns police action on journalists

KARACHI, April 16 2005: Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) on Friday condemned violence on journalists and photographers at Karachi Cantt Railway Station and termed it as an attack on Press freedom.

CPNE spokesman, in a statement issued here, expressed deep concern over the incident of violence against journalists while they were performing duties to cover protest of the PPPP workers on cancellation of their reserved seats by Railway authorities for Lahore bound train at Karachi Cantt station.

The police not only resorted to baton charge, detained number of journalists and snatched cameras from photographers but also manhandled and brutally beaten two journalists namely Malik Munawar and Tasadaq Ghori who were tortured by police contingent with the rifle butts resulting them profusely bleeding wounds, he added.

“It is so pity that on one hand government makes tall claims of press freedom in the country but on the other journalists were being tortured and maltreated by the establishment,” the spokesmen said.

The CPNE urged upon the government to compensate damages of journalists and constitute an inquiry commission to probe into the matter and take appropriate action against police officials involved in heinous crime against journalists.
Source: Business Recorder