ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) staged a nationwide protest to protect the rights of journalists and media workers and freedom of the press, with large numbers of journalists, trade unions and Polluted from national radio and state TV. A press release issued on Tuesday said that retirees have been denied dues by government-run TV channels.
Addressing the rallies, former Senate Chairman Nayyar Bukhari, who attended the rally exclusively in front of the National Press Club, said that the present government had imposed censorship and denied freedom of expression and expression to the common man. Life has deteriorated. “The constitution is a supreme authority that cannot be ignored by any government,” he said.
PFUJ Secretary General Nasir Zaidi in his speech condemned the anti-media policies of the PTI government. “The media, the journalist community and politicians are being victimized in the name of so-called 5th generation and hybrid warfare, which is damaging the very fabric of society,” he said.
President National Press Club Shakeel Anjum and Secretary General Anwar Raza urged the journalist community to unite for the rights of journalists and media workers. He said that we will continue our struggle till the problems faced by the media industry are resolved.
Nasir Malik, a former secretary and member of the PFUJ’s federal executive council, said the government and the government had worked together to suppress the journalist community through financial difficulties. “According to reports, the government has issued pending dues to media houses but the owners are refusing to pay dues to journalists and media workers,” he said.
RIUJ President Amir Sajjad Syed said that only unity among us would be helpful in resolving the media crisis. Ismatullah Niazi, a senior journalist and former controller of National TV News, said that the state-run TV administration has been using delaying tactics to pay the corporation’s retirees since 2018.
Radio Pakistan’s Javed Siddique demanded the reinstatement and rehabilitation of 749 employees of the national radio and appealed to the Federal Minister for Information to intervene in the matter.
Maira Imran, Mubarak Zeb, Fauzia Shahid, Hanif Khan, Izhar Niazi, Aun Shirazi and Ali Akhtar also addressed the rally and condemned the government’s anti-media and anti-worker policies, which are tarnishing the country’s image.