=> The protesting journalists of the twin cities said
The protesting journalists of the twin cities said that free media was required for free and fair polls and demanded repeal of two anti-press freedom ordinances implemented by President Pervez Musharraf.
The journalists of the twin cities held a protest rally on Friday to mark the demands day at the call of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ). The march was organised by the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ) in compliance with the PFUJÂ’s countrywide call to journalists and their bodies to stage protest rallies in order to press the government for lifting curbs on the media.
Over 200 journalists marched from Rawalpindi-Islamabad Press Club, Melody, to the offices of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA).
The participants of the rally raised anti-government slogans and called for abolition of amended laws, restoration of broadcasting, implementation of 7th wage award and provision of professional safety and security.
Senior journalists demanded that the government implement the 7th wage award. They regretted that the government had restored the transmission of the banned TV channels but put curbs on their editorials. They said police complaints lodged against office-bearers of PFUJ and RIUJ were attempts to weaken the strength and courage of journalists in pursuit of their professional rights and duties.
Source: Daily Times