Journalists, media bodies slam bid to defame Safma
LAHORE: Leading media persons and editors have condemned the ‘blatant accusations and lies’ of Zaid Hamid against the South Asian Free Media Association (Safma).
In a statement on Thursday, the leading media personalities took an exception to the unfounded accusations made against a media organisation of credible journalists of South Asia in a show that violated all ethics of professional journalism.
The media representatives expressed their serious concern, taking exception to the dangerous trend of maligning various personalities and credible organisations. They said it was quite despicable that the Safma representative had not been contacted to rebut the atrocious allegations.
Appreciating Safma’s remarkable role in defence of right to know, freedom of expression, press freedom, rights of journalists, media development, peace and regional cooperation, senior journalists endorsed Safma’s decision to issue libel notices to the concerned.
Media persons who have signed the document include I A Rehman, senior journalist and Director HRCP, Ziauddin, Zahid Hussain, Nazir Leghari, Hussain Naqi, Sadaf Arshad, Attaul Musawar, Amir Mehmood, Secretary General CPNE, Siddique Baloch, Tariq Chaudhry, Tahir Rathore, President Rawalpindi-Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ), Khalid Farooqi, Ayaz Khan, Raza Rumi, Shahzada Zulfiqar, Nusrat Javeed, Sirmed Manzoor, Secretary General Safma Pakistan, Agha Nasir, Iftikhar Ahmed, Babar Ayaz, Shamim Shahid, President Peshawar Press Club, Saleem Shahid, President Quetta Press Club, Dr. Jabbar Khattak, Ghazi Salahuddin, Mujahid Barelvi, Irfana Mallah, Jehangeer Aslam, President Turbat Press Club, GN Mughal, Ghulam Nabi Chandio, Syed Mumtaz Shah, Lala Asad, President Sukkur Press Club, Khalid Khokar, Fayyaz Naich, Amer Sindhu, Anjum Rasheed, Khalid Chaudhry, Shoaib Adil, Saida Fazal, Munno Bhai, Ibrahim Shirwani, Asma Shirazi, Afzal Khan, Mustansar Javed, Rana Qaisar, Shamsul Islam Naz Former Sec-Gen PFUJ, Khushnood Ali Khan, Mehmal Sarfaraz, Khaled Ahmed, Allama Sadiq Azhar and Imtiaz Alam.
Source: The News