Thursday, March 13, 2008

KUJ protests against manhandling of newsmen

Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ) has protested against manhandling of photographers and senior journalists when they tried to cover a protest demonstration of Muhajir Qaumi Movement(Haqeeqi) outside the Karachi Press Club, which was attacked by supporters of Muttahid Qaumi Movement (Altaf).
KUJ in an emergency meeting on Thursday afternoon clearly pointed out towards MQM (A) men for snatching cameras from photographers and beating them up.
Veteran journalist Abdul Hameed Chhapra, Ahfaz ul Rahman, Khursheed Tanveer and others called on those who barred newsmen from their duty that journalist would continue giving voice to the voiceless, which was their duty.
They said when MQM(A) had cried in the past of the state atrocities against them, journalists had given them due coverage but when they enjoyed fruits of the government they had become part of the establishment, they were playing in the hands of the agencies and were trying to stop any voice against them.
On Wednesday afternoon, MQM (H) women were protesting for the independence of judiciary, when a group of MQM (A) supporters carrying weapons attacked the rally.
Usually, police men are found outside the KPC most of the times, but they did not came farward to protect the victims.
The incident laid to the murder of one worker of MQM (H).
However, the KUJ leaders said journalists did not belong to any political party, and the KPC was a place where voiceless people, most of the times, came to record their voice and it was their (journalists) duty to give them coverage.
They said they would not be undermined through pressure tactics.