Government determined to resolve journalists’ problems: Marri
KARACHI (May 01 2008): Sindh government would soon resolve the longstanding issue of lease of the Karachi Press Club (KPC) land and other problems faced by the journalists in Sindh province. The assurances came from Sindh Information Minister Shazia Atta Marri during her visit to KPC in connection with the Golden Jubilee celebrations on Wednesday.
“Me and my department assure you of the best of our efforts to get your long standing issues including lease of the KPC resolved as soon as possible,” Marri said.
Pledging a strong support of her department to the media Marri confessed that a majority of people in Sindh Information Department was not “media-committed” or “media-sensitised”. “We must gather to work to get away from bureaucratic practices,” she urged the mediapersons. Inviting constructive criticism from media the Pakistan People’s Party leader sought complete support from the former in her service to the nation.
The minister stressing the need for developing a learning culture by inter-provincial exchange of experienced journalists said her department was in contact with some institutions for arranging training seminars and workshops for the mediapersons. “Some of the journalists can be taken to Punjab for representing the KUJ (Karachi Union of Journalists) in this regard,” said the minister.
Lamenting lack of a training ground in the country, Marri said repeated dictatorial assaults against democracy had not let learning process in the Pakistan to be developed in the required way. Condemning all anti-media actions of the previous government during last nine years, Marri lauded the media for uninterruptedly highlighting issues of public interest even at the expense of their own lives.
Marri said she would soon request the chief minister for granting compensation for some of the journalists like Amjad Aziz Bhati, Shoaib, Arif Khan, Shehzad and others who either lost their lives or seriously injured while performing their duty. The information minister also asked the KPC administration to provide her with medical reports of Bhati, Shoaib and other wounded journalists.
Earlier, KPC Vice President Saeed Sarbazi and Secretary Imtiaz Khan Faran welcomed Shazia Marri in the Club hoping that she would resolve longstanding issues of the journalists on priority basis. A shield was also presented to the newly elected minister by the KPC governing body members.
Source: Business Recorder