A correspondent of the Dubai-based satellite news channel ARY One World who intervened was also beaten, the station’s Lahore bureau chief, Mian Aslam, told CPJ.
Wadood Mushtaq was beaten about the face and one of the ATV crew members had an arm broken, Aslam said. No police official responded to CPJ’s request for a comment when Lahore’s Central Police station was contacted by telephone.
“We call on the authorities to investigate these allegations of police brutality and bring those responsible for the attacks on the three journalists to justice,” said CPJ’s Executive Director Joel Simon. “Violence against journalists in Pakistan is growing, and the federal government must make every effort to see that it reverses the trend. It must ensure that local police officers are trained to respect the rights of reporters doing their jobs.”