Wednesday, November 21, 2007

45 more journalists arrested in Pakistan

Karachi police released the all journalists they arrested yesterday 20 November during a peaceful protest outside the Karachi Press Club, however, around 45 more journalists have been arrested in Pakistan.
Today, when journalists of Quetta, Faisalabad, Peshawar and other cities of the country took out processions in solidarity with the journalists of Karachi, the police unleashed their sticks on them. Journalists in Peshawar and Faisalabad were severely beaten up. Police made around 20 arrests in Peshawar and 25 in Quetta.
In Karachi, more than 500 journalists gathered inside the Karachi Press Club and condemned police action of Tuesday. They vowed to continue their struggle till withdrawal of PEMRA (Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority) Ordinance and revival of constitution.
On the other hand, the government allowed ARY Oneworld on the cable network in the country, whereas, Geo News and all other three TV channels of three group remained off air.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

More than 150 journalists arrested in Karachi

Karachi police has baton charged over peaceful journalists and has arrested more than 150 of them including around 10 women infront of Karachi Press Club on Tuesday afternoon.
The journalists of the city gathered in and around the Press Club at around 3.00 p.m. to finalize their strategy against the millitary government's censorship policies and ban over transmission of country's most popular channel Geo News and ARY One World.
The police baton charged the peaceful journalists when they voiced their slogans for their right of expression. Aajiz Jamali of ARY One World, Najeeb of Daily Jang, Khursheed Abbasi of Urdu Eveninger 'Awam', Sabihuddin Ghausi, President Karachi Press Club were severly beaten up and were arrested.
Kamal Siddiqi, Editor Reporting The News, Owais Tauheed, Geo English, Idris Bakhtiar of BBC are among arrested journalists.
Later, in a meeting leaders of the press club and the Union decided to continue their struggle till revival of all constitutional rights of the citizens.