Pakistan - Journalists physically attacked outside high court hearing in Lahore



    MONTREAL, Aug. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders condemns the
use of physical violence by lawyers against journalists that took place
outside a high court hearing in Lahore on 6 August in which lawyers were being
tried for an earlier case of violence against the press.
    "These attacks are unacceptable from very standpoint," Reporters Without
Borders said. "Firstly, they are clearly reprisals against journalists who
were just doing their job. Secondly, they were carried out by people who
represent the law in the very place where it is supposed to be enforced. And
finally, the journalists were attacked by lawyers during a trial of lawyers
for similar attacks on 30 July. These recurrences must stop."
    The case being tried by the Lahore high court chief justice on 6 August
concerned an attack by lawyers on Nasir Masood and reporter Shaheen Atiq of
C-42 television a week earlier. The hearing was brought to an end when a group
of lawyers began shouting at journalists in court.
    Lawyers led by Lahore bar association vice-president M.R. Awan then
attacked reporters and cameramen outside the courthouse and threw stones at
various TV crew vehicles, smashing Geo TV cameraman A.R. Adnan's camera and
damaging other equipment.
    The earlier attack on the C-42 journalists took place when they filmed
lawyers assaulting a policeman. These attacks can be seen in a Geo TV report
posted on YouTube.




For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, secretary general,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4188, Fax: (514)
521-7771, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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