Ten journalists injured as religious students raid Lahore Press Club

first_imgNews January 19, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ten journalists injured as religious students raid Lahore Press Club PakistanAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts PakistanAsia – Pacific Organisation News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News Reporters Without Borders demanded an explanation from the chief minister of Punjab Province after police failed to intervene as young religious militants of the Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) raided Lahore Press Club, injuring ten journalists.Police stood by on 14 January as the demonstrators, angry at what they saw as inadequate press coverage of the murder in the north of the country of Shiite leader Agha Ziauddin, raided the club beating journalists and stoning and firebombing the building.The officers took 30 minutes to react and although they eventually made 40 arrests nobody has yet been charged.Demanding an explanation for the police inaction, the worldwide press freedom organisation said in a letter to the provincial chief minister, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, “Their duty was to protect journalists. We call on you see there is a thorough investigation to find out the exact circumstances of these assaults.”The militants first set upon journalist Asghar Butt, preventing him from entering the club. They then beat and injured nine colleagues who came to his assistance. They were: Amir Mughal, Muazzam Bhatti, Rai Hasnain Tahir, Shadab Riaz, Shujaat Hamid, Abdul Ghafoor, Amir Sohail, Shoib Ahmad and Ijab Mirza.The militants then streamed into the club’s courtyard, throwing stones and firebombs at the building, breaking windows and damaging vehicles parked there.Police who were on the spot did not react to shouts for help from the journalists only finally intervening to break up the crowd after half an hour of mayhem. Lahore Press Club president, Arshad Ansari, told Reporters Without Borders on the phone that if nobody was charged he would call for a day of action throughout the country. “This is the first time in Pakistan’s history that a religious organisation has attacked a press club in this way,” he said.The Lahore club is the second oldest press club in the country, after that in Karachi. to go furthercenter_img Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Follow the news on Pakistan June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Help by sharing this information January 28, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en April 21, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Limerick Youth Crime Figures Drop

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Print Twitter YOUTH crime in Limerick is down over 20% from last year, according to figures just released by the Irish Youth Justice Service. Sergeant Ollie Kennedy, Henry Street Garda Station, said that Garda Youth Diversion Projects set up across the city have played a huge role in reducing these figures.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The idea is to divert young people who have come to the attention of the Gardaí away from crime”.The number of children referred to Limerick Gardaí in 2009 dropped by over 20%, from 1,680 to 1,314The number of children referred to the city’s Garda Youth Diversion projects dropped by 14% in 2009, from 1,109 to 951.There are five Garda Youth Diversion projects in Limerick City; Irishtown, Moyross, King’s Island, Ballynanty and the Southside Project and one in Newcastle West.When someone is referred, Gardaí approach their parents and discuss the possibility of entering a youth diversion project.Sgt Kennedy has been encouraged by the number of young people who have returned to education and completed their Leaving Cert through these projects.“We get the guys who feel they could be going down the wrong road and we show them there is an alternative”.Activities and programmes include car projects, watersport, bike projects and arts & crafts.“It’s important to break down barriers between the young people at risk and the Gardaí.“Just last week I saw young people kayaking with Gardaí and it’s was very good humoured and gave them a chance to see the Gardai are human,” said the Henry Street Sergeant.He explained that they attempt to make young people more conscious of their role in the community.“If there is a group harmlessly hanging around in an estate shouting and roaring, an elderly person who lives alone might think they are up to something so they should be conscious of how they are perceived”. Linkedincenter_img NewsLocal NewsLimerick Youth Crime Figures DropBy admin – August 26, 2010 643 Previous articleCommercial vehicle tax crackdown slammedNext articleApplications and requirements rise at LIT admin Email WhatsApplast_img read more