Burning newspapers a conspiracy against us: PPP -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Burning newspapers a conspiracy against us: PPP

KARACHI: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Karachi chapter on Saturday condemned the allegations that the party was involved in burning newspapers of a media group.

Speaking at the Karachi Press Club, PPP Karachi President Najmi Alam and General Secretary Saeed Ghani strongly rejected the allegation and warned of filing a defamation suit if the baseless allegations continued.

They said a section of media had been hatching conspiracies against PPP leadership, especially President Asif Ali Zardari, for a long time.

They said the party could have blocked transmission of the TV channel through the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, but it did not believe in such policies.

They termed blocking the TV channel’s transmission by cable operators as part of the conspiracies against the party.

APNS condemns acts against media: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) strongly flayed the attempts to bully the media through vandalism, looting and burning newspapers.

As per a press release, a meeting of the executive committee chaired by Kazi Asad Abid condemned these acts, declaring them as an attempt to suppress the media by force.

They said the task of the media was to disseminate the news and report events without fear of repression and reaction. The meeting resolved that the media would continue to perform their duty.

Minister condemns attacks: Sindh Environment and Alternative Energy Minister Sheikh Muhammad Afzal also condemned the incidents.

In a statement, he said blocking transmission of a TV channel, attacking offices of cable TV operators and creating hurdles in distribution of newspapers would give a bad name to the democratic government.
Source: Daily Times
Date:8/10/2010