Local police raided a press club in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK). The press club was holding a media briefing by Jammu Kashmir People's National Alliance (JKPNA). Police fired tear gas shells, used batons and destroyed journalists’ recording equipment in the raid. A number of protesters and journalists also sustained injuries.
PFUJ President GM Jamli and General Secretary Rana Muhammad Azeem condemned police brutality and termed the action a “direct attack on freedom of the media”.
The PFUJ demanded the government take action against the responsible police to ensure such incidents are not repeated.
The IFJ said: “Police must refrain from targeting and obstructing the press. We call on the authorities to investigate the police conduct in the raid on the press club in Muzaffarabad.”