PFUJ condemns violence against private TV channel’s team
ISLAMABAD, Oct 30 (APP): The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has condemned the torture allegedly committed by Lahore Development Authority’s (LDA) security guards on a private news channel team and demanded immediate arrest of all those responsible for the incident. According to reports the LDA security guards misbehaved, manhandled and inflicted torture on a team of ‘Dunya News’ team on Friday.
A Dunya News producer present at LDA building had reportedly tried to stop the guards from thrashing a woman, an ex-employee of the authority who had come there with a Lahore High Court order for the redressal of her grievance. But the unruly guards thrashed Dunya News producer, a lady reporter and damaged their cameras for covering the event. Not only this, they also snatched the camera from the cameraman and broke it. A complaint was also lodged with the guards’ in-charge and the police. But the police did not register the FIR of the incident. Even after the medico-legal report of the senior producer of Dunya News, Taha Siddiqui, whose one rib was also fractured, the police did not register an FIR. Condemning the incident as unfortunate, the PFUJ said the incident had once again exposed the tall claims of the Punjab Government and its functionaries that they believed in rule of law, tolerance, democracy and good governance. Elaborating, the PFUJ said that was almost 13th incident in the Punjab in a row in which media-persons were beaten up by government functionaries, lawyers, doctors and others and none of the offenders had been brought to justice, which was encouraging intolerance in society, especially against media-persons. The PFUJ demanded immediate arrest of all the accused and warned that if the responsible were not brought to justice within 24 hours, the PFUJ would be constrained to give a call for country-wide demonstrations to press for its just demand.