IFJ supports Pakistani media for elections
Owing to the rising incidences of violence prior to elections, journalists in the city remain fearful as well, since they are not exceptions to any rule. Keeping in view the critical situation on the eve of upcoming elections, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has sent a letter to the Pakistan Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and the IFJ affiliate expressing concern with the community.
The IFJ has asked the caretaker government, officials and the authorities concerned to ensure safety, and to guarantee that no hurdles will be created for journalists while preparing news reports before, during and after the election. The IFJ said that journalists in Pakistan are performing their duties under immense pressure in a tense political climate, following President Pervez Musharraf’s imposition of emergency rule on November 3, 2007 and a continuing clampdown on the media.
Most recently, five journalists were among the nine people seriously injured in a bomb blast outside the office of the independent electoral candidate, Aslam Bizenjo in the Khuzdar district of Balochsitan on February 12.
Source: The News