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
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.
journalists deserve all the support they can get in this moment of crisis”,
said the IFJ Asia-Pacific.
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”.
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