KhUJ demands end harassing journalists -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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KhUJ demands end harassing journalists

PESHAWAR – Khyber Union of Journalist (KhUJ) has demanded from Federal government to stop immediately harassing and distressing of local journalist through a secret agency of the government.

The Majlis-e-Aamal of KhUJ in a unanimous resolution adopted in Peshawar on October 25, strongly condemned the step taken by the secret government agency of teasing journalist. The meeting called it as restriction on free press and called it totally injustice. Sajjad Haider President of the KhUJ chaired the meeting.

The KhUJ regretted that the secret agency officials called local journalists in their office and stressed them not to publish Al-Qaeda related news report, which the reporters got from their own sources. The meeting explained that restriction on journalists not to print such reports means creating hurdles in carrying out journalistic duty freely.

Through another resolution, the meeting demanded of police department not to use the word journalist with two arrested accused, namely Tariq Khattal and Shakeel Qarar, who were put behind bar in corruption charges few days ago.

The meeting also explained that the KhUJ already disown the two accused and using the word of Journalists for both of them will affect other genuine journalists. The meeting stressed that journalist word should not be use onward for them.

On the un-time death of young Sub-Editor of Urdu daily Al-Akhbar, the Malis-e-Aamla meeting showed grief and sorrow. KhUJ demanded of provincial government to provide financial assistance to the family of deceased Sub-Editor on the basis of brotherhood.

During the meeting the members prayed for the departure souls of deceased of APP reporter Ayaz Khan brother, mother of Nadir Khuwaja, reporter in Urdu daily Pakistan Peshawar, and father of Naeem Akhtar, photographer in daily Khabray.
Source: PPF
Date:10/25/2004