Pakistan’s Journalists Protest Rising Insecurity

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ), on behalf of international partners and the

South Asia Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN), extends its support and solidarity

to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) as it launches a

nation-wide series of protests today against targeted killing of journalist and

growing professional insecurity.

According to the

PFUJ, Pakistan’s already tattered reputation for journalists’ safety has been

further damaged by a tide of retrenchments and job losses in major media

organisations, coupled with many months of default on the payment of salaries.

The PFUJ has called

on its affiliates all across the country to take out protest rallies and wear

black armbands.

According to PFUJ

President Pervaiz Shaukat, there have been major job losses in the media in

recent years, most recently in Geo TV which belongs to one of Pakistan’s

largest media conglomerates. PFUJ Secretary-General Amin Yousaf has commented

that despite the clear mandate available under the Newspaper Employees

(Conditions of Service) Act, the Pakistan Government has not been serious in

addressing the mounting problems of the media community.

The targeted killing

of journalists meanwhile continues with little effort in evidence to check the

climate of impunity. The most recent instance recorded was in the abduction,

torture and subsequent killing of Razzaq

Gul in the troubled province of Balochistan.

“Pakistan’s

journalists deserve all the support they can get in this moment of crisis”,

said the IFJ Asia-Pacific.

“Despite taking

serious risks in collecting the news from Pakistan’s more strife-prone areas,

journalists have enjoyed little in the way of proactive measures of protection

by media managements and the state security agencies”.

“To add the tension

of possible job losses to the mix is to compound their anxieties, when the

opposite should be the main priority of media management”.

For

further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0950

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