PFUJ shows concern over manhandling of journalists
LAHORE: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has showed concern over the police violence against journalists at different places during the past few days.
In a statement issued here on Monday, PFUJ president I. H. Raashed said the police baton-charged reporters and photographers of local as well as foreign newspapers and news agencies on Friday outside an anti-terrorist court in Karachi where deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif was to be produced in the plane hijacking case.
The journalists were beaten up after they were refused entry into c courtroom.
A news photographer was manhandled and his camera was snatched by some police officials at the Lahore airport, on Sunday. Yet another journalist was attacked and beaten up by security officials when the former sought to put a question to Chief Executive Gen Pervez Musharraf at a wedding reception at Rawalpindi on Sunday.
These incidents, Mr Raashed said, had caused great resentment and anguish among journalists. The chief executive had assured the nation in his statements that his government would maintain a complete freedom of the Press but the recent incidents had disappointed the journalist community, he added.