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Manhandled reporter faces prosecution amid media frenzy

  • Published at 02:21 pm October 23rd, 2016
Manhandled reporter faces prosecution amid media frenzy
In the midst of media frenzy and debate on media ethics and calls for a training of security personnel, the police filed a “counter case” against private news channel reporter for causing “hindrances in official work” a day after she filed a complaint against a Frontier Constabulary guard for allegedly slapping her in the face during recording of a television show, officials said on Friday, reports Dawn. The complaint against the reporter was lodged by a National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) official, Niaz Ahmed, Special Superintendent of Police Muqaddas Haider confirmed. The FIR against Saima Kanwal, the reporter, and her team members carried sections of the Pakistan Penal Code explaining the penalty for those who cause obstruction to official work and challenged the writ of the state. The Gulbahar police on Thursday registered an FIR against FC guard Abbas posted at the Nadra offices in Liaquatabad for allegedly slapping Kanwal who was doing a recording for her show on the K21 TV channel. [iframe id="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0El-FQWNQvI"] A video clip of the guard slapping the reporter went viral on social media. In the wake of the attention it garnered, it came to the attention of the authorities. SSP Haider said police would investigate both cases before taking any further action. This unpleasant incident ignited a debate on media ethics, code of conduct for journalists and behaviour of broadcast journalists. It also sparked discussions about the need for training officials performing duties at public places. Senior journalists, media houses and other professionals all condemned the guard's act. They, however, also questioned Kanwal's actions and professionalism, in reference to the way she was seen addressing the guard and challenging him. Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan ordered a probe into the incident, added APP news agency. In a statement, the minister said such actions against journalists would not be tolerated.