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Journalists will stage sit-in from April 9 in front of parliament

By Tariq Wardak

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists will stage a sit-in from April 9 in front of parliament for an indefinite period to press the government for acceptance of three major demands of journalists community across the country.

The call for the protest was made in a federal executive council, an apex body of the PFUJ meeting held in Hyderabad in last week of February 2018. Journalists from all over the country will participate in the sit-in.

PFUJ President Afzal Butt talking with this scribe at National Press Club Islamabad said that the government was silent for the past many years regarding issues Journalists were facing in the country. He said it was the responsibility of the government o facilitate all employees working in the media industry.

Butt said that protest is the constitutional right of journalist community to ensure rights of the community. He said journalist will participate in the sit-in for five days to press the government for their rights. “In case, the government did not accept our demand, we will convert the protest camp into a hunger camp”, the PFUJ president said.

The PFUJ president also criticized the government for not extending any support to those Journalists who lost their lives due to hunger or suicide attack.

President, Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ) Mubarak Zeb Khan also urged government announcement of eight wages board. He said the constitution of wage board is the constitutional right of newspaper employees which was ensured under the Newspapers Employees (Condition of Services) Act 1973.

Under the Act, it is the responsibility of the government to implement this Act in letter and spirit.

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