Journalists beaten up, detained and deprived of cameras in Noshki
NOSHKI: Several journalists were beaten up, detained and their cameras were snatched n Noshki 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 Balochistan National Party.
Journalists in Noshki informed The Baloch Hal that they were stopped by the personnel of the Frontier Corps (FC) in front of Degree College Noshki 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, held in custody and their cameras were taken away by the government functionaries in order to disrupt their professional duties.
The journalists who were beaten up and detained include Ghulam Rasool (Daily Intekhab), Mohammad Ibrahim Baloch (Daily Mashriq), Bashir Mohammad (ARY One World) and Dawood Mengal (Daily Zamana).
“We were held in custody for around one hour by the forces without giving any genuine reasons for the detention,” Ibrahim Baloch, told The Baloch Hal.
All the journalists were released and their cameras were returned after one hour following severe reaction by the local community over the arrest of the journalists.
The Noshki Press Club has strongly condemned the arrest, torture and deprivation of journalists of their cameras by the FC while the former were performing their professional responsibilities.
“We want the government to take action against the officers responsible for the manhandling of the journalists by the FC,” demanded the Noshki Press Club