CPNE, APNS flay siege of Jang, The News buildings
KARACHI: A joint meeting of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) and the All Pakistan Newspaper Society (APNS) on Tuesday strongly condemned attacks on the buildings of Jang and The News by the workers of ruling party, burning of newspapers, damage to vehicles and threats to hawkers.
The meeting also condemned police for not registering an FIR, suspension of transmission of Geo News, ARY and the threats given to Dhoom TV the meeting said that democratic system and freedom of press is under threat in the prevailing situation.
The CPNE and APNS termed the anti-media campaign as undemocratic and dictatorial approach.
The members of the meeting made it clear that the media is united. They urged protection of distributors.
The speakers said that the situation is not new for them as they had faced anti-media policies from military and civilian rulers in the past too.
They vowed to present facts before masses without any fear.
They said that rulers should exercise patience, adding that all the political parties should sign a code of conduct to ensure freedom of press.
Paying rich tribute to Shaheed Benazir Bhutto for her struggle for the freedom of media, the meeting said that thee present rulers were damaging her mission.
The ongoing behavior of `.Jiyalas’ against the media will certainly hurt the soul of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, the members of meeting observed.
Those also spoke on the occasion included CPNE vice president Ilyas Shakir (Qaumi Akhbar), CPNE senior vice president Salieen Qureshi (Jang), CPNE secretary general Aamir Mehmood (Kiran), APNS secretary general Owais Aslam Ali (PPI), Arshad Zuberi (Business Recorder), Mushtaq Ahmed Qureshi (Nai Uffaq), Naseer Hashmi (Ummat), Dr Jabbar Khattak (Awami Awaz), Mukhtar Aaqil (Juraat) and Qudsia Qadri (Financial Post).
Source: The News