Press Coun­cil con­demns ran­sack­ing of Shabqadar Me­dia Cen­tre

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD—Press Coun­cil of Pak­istan has taken se­ri­ous no­tice of ran­sack­ing of the Shabqadar Me­dia Cen­tre. The PCP, in a let­ter to Po­lice Chief KPK, has clearly stated that ‘un­pro­voked at­tack on a fa­cil­ity for lo­cal jour­nal­ists caus­ing dam­age to prop­erty and stealth of valu­ables from premises is a mat­ter which can­not be ig­nored. The lives of jour­nal­ists could have been en­dan­gered in this act of hooli­gan­ism.”

Press Coun­cil of Pak­istan be­lieves that such acts of vi­o­lence against the press hin­der the free flow of in­for­ma­tion and there­fore, be checked and probed. The PCP acts as a shield to free­dom of press. The Press Coun­cil of Pak­istan has re­quested the con­cerned au­thor­i­ties to look into the in­ci­dent and a re­port may be pro­vided to PCP at an early date.

Mean­while, Press Coun­cil of Pak­istan has also taken the no­tice of al­leged tor­ture of pho­to­jour­nal­ists by three se­cu­rity guards of the Nishtar Hos­pi­tal, Mul­tan. PCP has re­quested the con­cerned au­thor­i­ties to trace the cul­prits and bring them to book. The PCP be­lieves that vi­o­lence against jour­nal­ist cre­ates in­se­cu­rity in the jour­nal­ist com­mu­nity and the Coun­cil has to take cog­nizance in such in­ci­dents.

The PCP has also re­quested the con­cerned au­thor­i­ties in Is­lam­abad to trace the cul­prits of bur­glary at the res­i­dence of Se­nior Jour­nal­ist, Khus­nood Ali Khan and re­cover the stolen amount and bring the cul­prits to book. The PCP has re­quested the au­thor­i­ties to ap­prise PCP of the ac­tion taken in this re­gard at an early date.

HY­DER­ABAD: A mem­ber of bomb dis­posal squad de­fus­ing a bomb at Ponum Chowk, Qasimabad.

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