QUETTA:On the call of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalist (PFUJ), a demonstration under the auspices of Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) was organized outside Quetta Press Club on Monday to mark the “World Press Freedom Day”.
Addressing demonstration, speakers said that no compromise would be made on freedom of press. Speakers said, “Unluckily, we are celebrating World Press Freedom Day in such an environment when every coming day brings more hardships for the journalists”.
They said that journalists were confronting economic and personal insecurity, adding that no concrete steps from the part of government had been taken to ensure freedom of press and to ensure the economic security of journalists and media workers. They said that Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and its affiliated bodies had always courageously fought cruel, oppressive and dictatorial policies. The added that once again the country had been facing the worst kind of censorship which showed that government and media barons had joined hands to stifle journalism. They added that a conspiracy was being hatched to control the media channels through PEMRA which was not acceptable to them.
They said that more than 100 journalists had so far laid down their lives in the country while performing duties and majority of them belonged to Balochistan. They said that one young journalist Abdul Wahid Raisani was of late killed in Quetta, but neither perpetrators involved in killing Abdul Wahid Raisani had been apprehended nor had the killers of other journalists been arrested.
They demanded of the authorities that a high level judicial commission be formed to get the perpetrators involved in killing journalists arrested and dig out the motive behind killing journalists. Demonstration was addressed by Central President, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalist, Shahzada Zulfiqar, Senior Vice President, Saleem Shahid, President, Balochistan Union of Journalists, Salman Ashraf, President, Quetta Press Club, Abdul Khaliq and others.