Civil society vows to resist anti-Geo action
LAHORE: The Civil Society Network Pakistan and other organisations expressed solidarity with the Geo News and called for freedom of expression to be respected at a rally on Monday held outside the TV channel’s office on the Davis Road.
A large number of protesters led by Civil Society Network Pakistan President Abdullah Malik said journalists were being targeted in the country. He strongly condemned the last month’s attack on senior anchorperson Hamid Mir.
Talking to The News, Malik said today’s Pakistani media was independent and its ability to speak and write freely must be respected by the government and other state institutions.Malik said civil society organisations would not allow annulment of licence of any TV channel and newspaper. He added that all Pakistanis were grateful for the services of Pakistan Army. Malik also dismissed allegations levied against GEO News by PTI leader Imran Khan.
Former PPP MPA Sajida Mir while talking to The News said GEO News had been playing a significant role in strengthening democratic forces in Pakistan and speaking out against dictatorship.
People’s Lawyers Forum Punjab General Secretary Iftikhar Shahid also expressed his solidarity with Geo News and Jang Group. Shahid said he stood with those who spoke truth in Pakistan. National Students Federation (NSF) member Samson Salamat, Amna Malik and senior journalist Khalid Farooqi also expressed similar sentiments at the occasion.