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PFUJ Strongly Condemns Atrocities Against Journalists/Workers

Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ)’s Executive Council’s virtual session was held today under the Chairmanship of PFUJ President G. M. Jamali.

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)’s Director Asia Pacific Jane Worthington, who also addressed the session, assured that IFJ stood in solidarity for the resolution of the Pakistani journalists’ problems. She urged the incumbent government to solve their problems on priority basis.

President PFUJ G. M. Jamali held that Pakistan’s Media Industry was at the verge of disaster due to which thousands of Media workers were suffering from the mundane troubles. General Secretary Rana Muhammad Azeem and a large number of members participated at the PFUJ rendezvous.

Rana Muhammad Azeem noted that step-motherly treatment was being meted out to journalists of the country: They are being murdered, kidnapped and atrocities were normal. Thousands of journalists are being sacked. PFUJ, strongly condemning journalists/workers’ murders, kidnappings, sackings from Media Houses, illicit captivities, non-payment of salaries and other atrocities, demanded that govt should play it’s due role and endeavor to address their predicaments.

PFUJ demanded that government should contain instances like Friday (23rd Oct) disappearance of Geo Reporter Imran Khan Syed and lift ban imposed on the transmissions of Chanel 24. PFUJ leadership warned of launching countywide protests if the demands were not accepted.

During the session participants expressed grave concern over the difficulties presently being faced by the Media Industry and demanded that the democratic government of Pakistan should fulfill its promise regarding revival of Media Industry affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic in order to save thousands of Media Workers from starvation.

Resolutions tabled by the members of the session were adopted unanimously: PFUJ President G. M. Jamali, Vice President Sheher Bano, Secretary General Rana Muhammad Azeem, Treasurer Jamil Mirza, Secretary General Aajiz Jamali, Members FEC Sardar Zaheer, Shakeel Ahmed and others put the resolution forward that incidents like disappearance of reporters like Ali Imran Syed should stop.

Participants of the PFUJ session demanded that those involved in the murders of journalists should be immediately arrested; fabricated cases registered against journalists at various police stations all over Pakistan should be quashed; those terminated, including Radio Pakistan employees, be reinstated without delay. Resolution presented by the Member FEC Asif Kamboh apropos restoration of Channel 24 transmission was also adopted unanimously.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.