Journalists protest attacks on community
PESHAWAR: The journalist fraternity in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa staged a protest here Sunday against attacks on their colleagues by police and participants of the Azadi and Inqilab marches in Islamabad.
They condemned manhandling of journalists covering the clash between police and the participants of the marches and attack on Geo News office. They demanded immediate action against the culprits.
Addressing the protesters in Peshawar, the Khyber Union of Journalists (KhUJ) President Nisar Mahmood and Peshawar Press Club president Nasir Hussain said attacks on journalists were an attempt to suppress the press freedom. They said the journalists had rendered sacrifices for democracy and freedom of the press. They said they would not tolerate any attempt to snatch the press freedom from the community.
The media representatives condemned police as well as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek activists for violence against journalists. They asked the government to arrest the culprits and give them exemplary punishment. The speakers called for ensuring protection to the media workers.
They warned of launching a protest campaign and boycotting the coverage of parties involved in the violence against media workers if action was not taken against the accused. “It is astonishing that journalists are targeted for not toeing the lines of a particular party,” said one of the speakers, adding everybody like news of his choice but was not ready tolerate criticism.