APNS condemns attack on media house
KARACHI: The APNS on Tuesday strongly flayed attempts to threaten the media by acts of cowardly attacks on a media house, stated a press release of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS).
The APNS noted with grave concern that some miscreants had attacked the offices of Daily Business Recorder and Aaj TV in Karachi. The unknown attackers fired at the premises of the media house wherein two men, including a security guard, were wounded.
APNS President Sarmad Ali stated that the APNS strongly condemned the acts of violence as an attempt to suppress the media by force and termed the incident as a brutal attack on the freedom of expression and reiterated his resolve that the media would continue to perform its professional duty to serve the people’s ‘right to know’. The task of media is to disseminate the news and report the events without fear of repression, which will be performed despite all efforts to browbeat the media.
The APNS president reiterates that the media establishments provide a platform for dialogue in the society and thus facilitate different sections to voice their views, which is a prerequisite to inculcate pluralism and tolerance. However, if there is any difference of opinion it may be expressed through argument and not resorting to violence. The APNS called upon the civil society, human right organizations and domestic forces across the country to strongly condemn the acts of violence against the media. The APNS also appealed to the government of Pakistan and the Sindh chief minister to provide complete security and protection to media establishments and take action against the culprits who resorted to strangulate the media.