32 harassment plaints by journalists in a year: Islamabad police

As many as 32 harassment cases were filed by journalists against suspected attempts on their lives or of assaulting them in a year, Islamabad police said.

Police informed Supreme Court Friday it had over 12 months submitted to trial courts the cases of 32 persons suspected of involvement in 16 attempts on the lives of journalists or of assaulting them, a report said.

A seperate report on behalf of the deputy inspector general (DIG) of operations in Islamabad said out of 16 cases registered from September 13 last to September 12 this year, four were still under investigation, the report reported.

The report was furnished in compliance with a directive by a three-judge Supreme Court bench after it took up suo motu a complaint of harassment moved by the Press Association of the Supreme Court on behalf of a journalist.

At the last hearing on September 13, the apex court had asked the chief of Islamabad police whether or not the reported attacks on journalists had been investigated and the culprits brought to book.

The IGP told the court that some of the cases remained unsolved on account of insufficient evidence. But the court ordered him to furnish a comprehensive report about all reported attacks on journalists over the past one year, the publication said.

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