ISLAMABAD -UNS- Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists PFUJ,Rawalpindi,Islamabad Union of Journalists RIUJ ,All Pakistan Newspapers Employees Confederation APNEC ,MWO,organised a protest rally on the occasion of International Press Freedom Day, in front of parliament House,Islamabad on Monday.
Addressing the gathering PFUJ Vice President Iftikhar Mashwani said that in Pakistan the Journalists community and media workers facing a big challenges of unemployment, down sing in different media houses,life security threats,and delaying in payments of salaries .Thousands of journalists,media workers losed their jobs in last few years , many journalists killed in different parts of the country and many journalists receiving threats during their professional duties.
He said the present government is not serious to solve the Media problems.He said Journalists/media played pivotal role during challenges in the country even in present coronavirus Journalists on the front line but the government and media houses are not equipped the journalists in war against coronavirus.
He said the theme of 2020 is ” Journalism without Fear or Favour”. WPFD act as reminder to govt of the needs to respect their commitment to press freedom.It is also a day of reflection among journalists about the issues of press freedom and professional ethics.It is an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of Press Freedom ; Defend the media from attacks on their Independence; and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
He said that PFUJ is affiliated with International Federation of journalists IFJ under the leadership of President GM Jamali and Secretary General Rana Muhammad Azeem. PFUJ is working for Independence ,freedom and protection of Journalists ,media workers rights in Pakistan with the cooperation of IJF. He said that IFJ is global organisation for protection of Media/journalists and have representation globaly.
Addressing the gathering Chairman All Pakistan Newspapers Employees Confederation APNEC Ikram Bukhari has said that crises in media industry may becoming human tragedy due to the joblessness of media workers and journalists. He said the government should takes concrete actions to save media industry. Referring the delaying in payment of salaries in different media houses he said that ‘if the salaries will not regularize than the APNES ,PFUJ,MWO will start country wide protest.
Senator Talha Mehmood ,Secretary Finance PFUJ Jamil Mira, RIUJ President Shakil Ahmad,Secretary RIUJ Sadiq Anar,Secretary MWO Raja Javed, President MWO Kaleem Shamim, Raja Liaqat, Aya Akbar Yousazai,Adil Shah,Farooq Faisal Khan,Shakil Qarar and others journalists also addressed the gathering.
Senior journalists Abdul Rehman, PFUJ Dastoor leader Rao Sarjeel,President APRNS GM Jat,Sardar Nisar RABJA Malik zubair,Manoor Kakakhail,Asad Tanoli,Naeem Sinhdo, Shabir Mughal and others journalsis ,media workers also participated in the demonstration.
Principle Information Officer PIO Shahera Shahid,and others officers from Ministry of Information also vsited the event to show solidarity with the Journalists.
Coronavirus kits also distributed among the Journalists and media workers.