Pakistan Press Foundation

The Special Security Unit (SSU) of the police beat up journalists, reporters, photographers and cameramen while they were performing their professional duty outside the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Saturday, 23 May 2015.

The media personnel were covering the appearance of former home minister Sindh Dr Zulfiqar Mirza at the SHC for his bail application when they were subjected to violence. Police used wooden staffs to beat them and also damaged their equipment.

Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) President Rana Azeem and Secretary-General Mohammad Amin Yousuf condemned the police officers’ attitude and demanded of the Chief Minister to order an inquiry into the matter.

PFUJ Secretary-General Amin Yousuf travelled to the region and spoke with Sindh Information Minister Mr Sharjeel Inam Memon, the PPP leadership and higher police officials, and informed them of the police brutality.

Subsequently, the Sindh Information Minister assured Mr Yousuf that he had ordered an inquiry into the matter, and said that no one would be allowed to stop journalists from performing their professional duties.