Journalists boycott Prime Minister’s news briefing
ISLAMABAD (September 28 2006): Journalists boycotted a news briefing on Wednesday in protest over late arrival of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz by about two hours. The prime minister’s staff had invited journalists at 1300 hours to the Prime Minister Secretariat for a news briefing by the prime minister. Once at the Darbar Hall of the PM’s Secretariat, the journalists kept on waiting until 1445 hours and then decided to boycott the function for not observing the time. At this, the officials present there repeated their claim that the prime minister would be reaching there in 10-15 minutes.
It may be mentioned that it has almost become a routine that journalists are invited to the prime minister’s function almost on a regular basis, but the function are normally delayed for more than two hours. A journalist commented that it was being done intentionally to keep journalists engaged where they are cut off from their sources of information for long periods of time.
Source: Business Recorder