PFUJ, Apnec to launch movement from 21st
KARACHI, March 14: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and the All Pakistan Newspapers Employees Confederation (Apnec) have decided to launch a movement for freedom of expression and rights of newspaper employees from March 21 to May 3, during which protest meetings and rallies will be held throughout Pakistan, say a press release issued at the end of a three-day meeting of the executive councils of the two bodies held in Faisalabad.
The meeting decided to launch the movement with a “global action day” to be observed in cooperation with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ) and other international journalist bodies and human rights groups for the recovery of journalist Hayatullah Khan, who has been missing since December 5 from the tribal areas, and against the rising incidents of violence against journalists.
A two-day labour convention will be held on April 15 and 16 in Islamabad in which the PFUJ and Apnec will seek support from other trade unions for their demands. To observe the May Day, press freedom rallies will be held on May 3.
Veteran journalist and former PFUJ president and Apnec chairman Minhaj Barna attended the joint session of the two bodies on the last day at the special invitation of the PFUJ and the Faisalabad Union of Journalists.
He spoke on the struggle of newspaper workers and said it was because of the struggle of the journalists since 1950 against military and civilian rulers that the press today was free, though the government still used different tactic to pressure journalists and newspapers and TV channels.