CPNE condemns attack on newspaper office -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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CPNE condemns attack on newspaper office

KARACHI (January 04 2009): The Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE) has strongly condemned the recent attack at ‘Awami Awaz’ newspaper office by armed men belonging to Sindh National Front (SNF), and termed the incident as attack on the freedom of press.

In an urgent meeting, presided over by Shaheen Qureshi, Vice President, CPNE, it was decided that the CPNE would not allow anyone to threaten its members and would show enough resistance against those who want to challenge freedom of press.

The meeting demanded of the government to provide security to all journalists of Awami Awaz. It set a committee comprising Shaheen Qureshi, Mehmood Uzair, Inklab Matri, Awais Aslam Ali, Abdul Khaliq Marshal, Nasir Hashmi, Javed Mehar Shamsi, Waqar Yousuf Azeemi and Ghulam Nabi Chandio to review the challenges faced by print and electronic media and evolve a strategy to cope with them.

It was said in the meeting that freedom of press strengthens democracy and any attempt to threaten press would not be beneficial for democratic institutions. They members also strongly condemned attacks of armed men at Mithi office of Daily Aawmi Awaz.

The meeting was attended by Shaheen Qureshi, Aamir Mehmood, Mehmoodul Uzair, Inklab Matri, Awais Aslam Ali, Abdul Khaliq Marshal, Nasir Hashmi, Javed Mehar Shamsi, Waqar Yousuf Azeemi and Ghulam Nabi Chandio, Dr Jabbar Khattak, Younus Riaz, Saeed Khawar, Najamuddin Shaikh, Nasir Dad Baloch, Saleh Baloch Usman Sani, Mukhtar Aqil, Zahid Abbasi and Salman Qureshi.

Source: Business Recorder

Date:1/4/2009