Press Council condemns ransacking of Shabqadar Media Centre

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.—INP

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