Friday, July 16, 2010

Concerns Over Assault on Cameraman in Lahore

Concerns Over Assault on Cameraman in Lahore

The PFUJ has reported that Farrukh Asif, a cameraman for the Express News, was brutally assaulted by police in Lahore. Asif was filming a police exercise in crowd control that was turning brutal at the city’s Liberty Market, when he was himself attacked. On the orders of Gulberg Station House Officer Ihsan Butt, more than a dozen police overpowered Asif and assaulted him publicly, snatched his camera and destroyed the footage, according to the PFUJ. Media reports said Asif was taken by police to the station, where he was beaten before being rescued by colleagues. He suffered fractures to his arms and severe bruises. The IFJ demanded all police personnel involved in the attack be immediately arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the law.


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