Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists to stage sit-in on January 28 against government’s failure to arrest journalists’ killers
Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has given a call of a sit-in outside the Parliament House in Islamabad on January 28, 2013 against the government’s failure to arrest the killers of journalists, delaying tactics to set up the 8th Wage Board and non-payment of salaries to media persons by various media organizations.
This decision was taken at the PFUJ’s Federal Executive Council meeting held in Karachi on January 7. The meeting was presided over by PFUJ President Pervaiz Shaukat.
The meeting decided to establish a high-powered committee headed by PFUJ Secretary-General Amin Yousuf. Presidents and secretaries of all journalists’ unions will be members of the committee.
The meeting expressed its concern over the failure of the government to look into these serious issues confronted by the journalists.
Despite repeated reminders by the PFUJ, the government has paid no heed and has not made any concerted effort to resolve the journalists’ woes, the meeting said.
If the government does not look into the problems faced by the journalists seriously and does not make any announcement in this regard by January 20, the PFUJ would be left with no choice but to stage a sit-in outside the Parliament House in Islamabad on January 28 which would be attended by journalists and media workers from all over the country.
The PFUJ has also appealed to the civil society, lawyers, doctors, human rights organizations and political parties to express solidarity with the journalists on the occasion and participate in the sit-in.