=> The police in Pakistan’s southern province of Sind
The police in PakistanÂ’s southern province of Sindh have registered criminal cases against 34 journalists, during the period of rioting that followed the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on December 28, 2007.
According to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), police have registered cases against under the anti-terrorism and anti-riot acts and raided homes of journalists in different parts of the province. Journalists against whom cases have been registered denied their involvement in rioting and accused police of targeting them because of their reporting. Nineteen journalists belong to the Sindhi daily Kawish and its TV channel KTN. The largest number cases were registered in n the town of Khairpur, Sindh, where police registered cases against 11 journalists on the charges of rioting.
Journalists condemned the police action and said cases had been registered against journalists who were performing their duties during the violent protests after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
Owais Aslam Ali
Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)
Shahrah Kamal Ataturk