APNS slams attacks on media houses
KARACHI (PR) – The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) has strongly flayed attempts to threaten media by acts of cowardly attacks.
According to a press release, the APNS noted with grave concern that some miscreants 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.
President of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society Sarmad Ali said the APNS strongly condemned the acts of violence to suppress the media by force and termed the incident as a brutal attack on freedom of expression and reiterated its 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,” he said.
The APNS President reiterated that the media establishments were providing a platform for dialogue in the society and thus facilitating different sections to voice their views which were a perquisite to inculcate pluralism and tolerance. “However, if there is any difference of opinion, it may be expressed through argument and not resorting to violence,” he said.
The APNS called upon the civil society, human rights organisations and democratic forces across the country to strongly condemn the acts of violence against the media.
The APNS also appealed to the federal government 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.