CPNE condemns attack on media
KARACHI: The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) on Tuesday strongly condemned the incident of firing outside the offices of Geo News and the cutting of cable wires in various areas of Karachi, terming it an attack on the freedom of expression.
CPNE President Jamil Athar Qazi, Senior Vice President Qazi Asad Abid, Secretary General Ilyas Shakir, Joint Secretary Javed Mehar Shamsi, Finance Secretary Mushtaque Ahmed Qureshi and members of the standing committee condemned the incident.
They said in a press statement such incidents had endangered the freedom of the media in an era of democracy. The statement issued by the CPNE said every media organisation was free to establish its own policies.
The CPNE said the incident of firing outside the office of Jang Group, damaging Geo TV’s satellite van, and cutting of cable TV wires was a direct attack on the free media. It was further said that such incidents and the inability of the law enforcement agencies to provide appropriate security to the media organisations was condemnable.
The CPNE urged the government to take steps to ensure the safety and security of media persons and organisations. They warned against subjecting any media person or organisation to such direct attacks on freedom of expression by any group or organisation.
Urging Interior Minister Rehman Malik to take note of the incidents, the CPNE said authorities should not remain limited to only taking notices, rather strict action should be taken against those involved in such acts.