PFUJ asks journalists to hold protests today -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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PFUJ asks journalists to hold protests today

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists has taken exception to the resolution passed by the Punjab Assembly and termed it a calculated move to divert attention from real issues.

The PFUJ has decided to observe a countrywide protest day on Saturday to condemn the Punjab Assembly’s move.

The PFUJ asked all journalist unions, press clubs and media organisations to condemn the resolution as well as the government of Punjab for “patronising the anti-media campaign”.

The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists said it was regrettable that the treasury benches of the Punjab Assembly had converted the degree issue into a confrontation with the media.

CPNE: The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors has criticised the resolution for describing media freedom as a threat to democracy, urging the legislators to ponder over the matter dispassionately.

A confrontation between pillars of democracy would strengthen anti-democracy forces and endanger a nascent democracy, said Khushnood Ali Khan and Amir Mahmood, president and secretary-general of the CPNE.

At the same time, the statement added, the media should follow a code of ethics and exercise “caution and restraint in reporting on sensitive matters”.
Source: Dawn
Date:7/10/2010