Tuesday, June 08, 2010
PFUJ condemns manhandling, detention of journalists in Noushki
The PFUJ has condemned the manhandling, detention and snatching of cameras from journalists in Noushki and has sought an impartial inquiry into the matter.
According to the reports reaching here, several journalists were beaten up, detained and their cameras were snatched in Noushki District by the personnel of the Frontier Corps (FC) on Thursday in order to prevent them from covering a shutter down strike which was being observed by the Balochistan National Party.
The Journalists told that they were stopped by the FC in front of Degree College Noushki on National Highway when they were on duty to cover the shutter down strike being observed by the Balochistan National Party.
The journalists were beaten up by the FC officials, detained and their cameras were taken away by the government functionaries in order to disrupt their professional duties.
Those beaten up and detained include Bashir Mohammad “ARY One”, Dawood Mengal, Daily “Zamana”, Ghulam Rasool, Daily “ntikhab”, and Mohammad Ibrahim Baloch, Daily “Mashriq”,.
They said that “they were held in custody for around one hour by the forces without giving any genuine reasons for the detention”.
Later all the detained journalists were released and their cameras were also returned after an hour following severe reaction by the local media persons over the arrest of the journalists.
The PFUJ has strongly condemned the incident and said that the journalists did not commit any illegality, rather they were preforming their professional assignments.
The PFUJ urged the Baluchistan government to take action against the FC officials responsible for manhandling of journalists.
The PFUJ also demanded of the Federal government to take notice of the excesses of the FC in Balochistan as we believe that the FC is overstepping of its mandate, and it was bringing bad name to the peoples government.