Protest goes on, journalists want curbs on Geo lifted
PESHAWAR: The journalist community remained on protest against closure of Geo TV channel on the fifth consecutive day on Wednesday by staging a camp outside the Peshawar Press Club.
Several journalists from the print and electronic media, members of the civil society, political leaders and trade union representatives visited the camp being arranged by the Khyber Union of Journalists.
The participants of the camp were critical of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) for its decision to suspend the transmission of the most popular TV channel of the country for 15 days.
Those present at the camp asked the government to lift the curbs on the largest media group of the country. They resented the vilification campaign against the Geo TV channel. The protesting journalists asked the government to provide protection to Jang Media Group workers and its installations.
The speakers flayed the attacks on senior journalist Hamid Mir and Resident Editor of Jang in Multan, Zafar Aheer. They resented attacks of vehicles carrying thousands of copies of The News and Jang. They expressed concern over filing of cases against Jang Media Group.
President Khyber Union of Journalists Nisar Mehmood, President of Peshawar Press Club Nasir Hussain, former KhUJ president Arshad Aziz Malik, senior journalist Syed Bukhar Shah, Vice-President Farmanullah Jan, Khyber Photojournalists Association President Sajjad Khayal, Mehmood Jan Babar, Barkatullah Marwat, Sultan Siddiqui, Shah Jehan, Riaz Khan Daudzai, Muhammad Nauman, Sardar Imdad Qizalbash, Muhammad Fayyaz Khalil, Muhammad Munir, Ehtesham Toru, Shah Faisal and others were among the participants.
The protesting journalists warned of launching a countrywide protest campaign on the call of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists if the restrictions on Geo News were not lifted as it was a matter of the freedom of expression.