Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists challenging verdict of Islamabad High Court in Supreme Court
Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, representative body of the rights of journalists all over the country has taken a serious view of the verdict of Islamabad High Court that made it believe that it would pave the way of curtailing the sovereignty of journalism and independence of freedom of expression.
PFUJ President Parvaiz Shoakat and Secretary General Amin Yousuf in a joint statement said that nothing was exempted of the provisions of the Constitution of Islamic Republic and the universally acclaimed freedom of expression and. PFUJ rejected the decision and vowed to file a petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan challenging the IHC verdict.
PFUJ said it was the custodian of freedom of press and had a long struggle spanning over six decades for the cause of democracy and freedom of writing and expression. It further said that the PFUJ would examine the implication of the judgement and would analyse the repercussion of the judgement as nothing could be compromised on the independence of journalism and freedom of expression.
They further said, courts have right to proceed against anyone under Contempt of Court of law, if it feels that anyone in the media had committed contempt or comments on sub judice matters, but giving blanked order to PEMRA, can be misuse against TV channels in the name of court orders.
PFUJ also appeal to the Supreme Court not to indulge in the issue of what TV channels should air and what they should not, on the petition of political leaders. The issue of morals and decency can be discussed by the media stakeholders themselves.
PFUJ leaders also condemned the brutal attack on a 14 years old “diary girl,” Malala Yusufzai, and appreciated the role played by the media in expressing solidarity with her by highlighting her case most effectively.
They prayed for early health of Malala, and the other girls who were also injured with her and urged the authorities to provide them effective security.