FOE Link or motive by PPFConfirmed
Case Update Status
The journalists were released after five hours on July 11, 2023.
Summary of Case
"On July 11, Reporters from Peshawar were harassed and stopped after the coverage of “Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Parliamentarian” in a local wedding hall in Peshawar by the security guards. Journalists who were detained for five hours included Arif Hayat from Dawn News, Zeeshan Kakakhail from 92 News, Faizan Hussain from Suno TV, and Sajjad Haider Samaa News. 92 News correspondent Zeeshan Kakakhail told PPF that his cameraman Hassan Khursheed went to cover the event of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf parliamentarians upon the instructions of their organization. “After interrogation at the entrance of the wedding hall they took all of us to the backyard of the hall, snatched our mobile phones, and detained us for a good five hours” Kakakhail added. Moreover, he said that when hours had passed Kakakhail requested one of the security guards to at least let him use the washroom and there he secretly informed his Bureau Chief about the incident from another mobile phone, after which all the journalists and media bodies reached the spot and released them from their detention. “Even weeks have passed since this incident but I am unable to work properly the trauma is still there in my head, from which I cannot cope myself, this is unfair that we went to cover the political event which is a right and duty of journalists and they took us in long hours of detention and they returned our cell phones after formatting them completely, I lost all the important contacts and documents” Kakakhail added.Khyber Union of Journalists President Nasir Hussain told PPF that before the event the media coordinator have already informed the media organisation that they were not invited to cover the event however they would provide the press release and the relevant recordings to the organisations after the event but the media persons went to cover the live show of this political event and they were detained by the unidentified persons after detaining them for five hours the guards had released the journalists and in the office of Secretary Information KP, Mukhtar Ahmed they returned all the mobile phones to the journalists after verification and deleting the pictures of the events. ""They did not format any mobile phone however they have verified and after verification they returned the cell phones"" Hussain added. Speaking to PPF, Khyber Union of Journalists Vice President Abdul Basheer Qalandar shared that some of the journalists were stopped from the welcoming event of newly formed political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Parliamentarian in Peshawar. Qalandar condemned the incident and said that security guards of the event stopped reporters from the coverage and detained them for hours. “They detained them because of their coverage, without showing any arrest warrant or prior notice they had detained the journalists” Qalanadar added. The moment Khyber union of Journalists knew about the incident President Nasir Hussain reached to the spot and requested the officials to release the journalists immediately as they went to cover the event, and after their release KHUJ had issued the condemning statement as well. “This has become a routine behavior of management of political parties that they always misbehaved with the media persons in Peshawar and stopped them from coverage of their events” He added. Qalandar additionally said that on August 3, a jirga was held by Jamiat-Ulema-e-Islam (Fazal) another political party had arranged a jirga (assembly of leaders) in which they had not allowed any reporter t cover the event, they issued a statement that JUIF’s leader Molana Fazal Ur Rehman would speak to the media persons at the end of the jirga, but no correspondent would not be allowed to cover the jirga. “This is the biasness which media professionals were facing particularly in Peshawar and which should be condemnable and needs to raise the issue on all journalistic platforms” Qalandar added. Peshawar Press Club General Secretary Irfan Moosazai condemned the detention of journalists and shared that the unidentified people arrested the journalists and detained them for five hours, they did not format any cell phone, however they had deleted pictures and videos from the cell phones of the journalists. ""We have demanded from them to release the journalists or else Press Club and Union will protest against them, but they had relesaed the journalists after five hours"" Moosazai added. "
Category of Incident
ICCS Divisions: 0202-Acts against liberty
ICCS Group: 02022-Deprivation of liberty
ICCS Class: N/A
ICCS Crime: Illegal restraints
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Journalist Union Status
"Speaking to PPF, Khyber Union of Journalists Vice President Abdul Basheer Qalandar shared that some of the journalists were stopped from the welcoming event of newly formed political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Parliamentarian in Peshawar. Qalandar condemned the incident and said that security guards of the event stopped reporters from the coverage and detained them for hours. “They detained them because of their coverage, without showing any arrest warrant or prior notice they had detained the journalists” Qalanadar added."
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