Thursday, August 25, 2011

PFUJ-RIUJ rally condemns violence against journalists

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists(PFUJ) and the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ) jointly held a protest rally to condemn the violent incidents against journalists in Khyber Pakhtunakhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and arrest of Al-Jazeera TV journalist in Israel.

Member of National Assembly Akhunzada Chattan, Senior Vice President Pakistan Muslim League (Q) Ajmal Khan Wazir, National Press Club President Afzal Butt, RIUJ President Tahir Rathore and RIUJ General Secretary Bilal Taheem were also present in the rally.

Speakers, while addressing the participants of rally, condemned the attack by some unknown miscreants on a team of the AVT Khyber News on in Peshawar, arrest of Al-Jazeera’s Kabul-based journalist Samir Allawi in Israel and violence against a local newspaper team in Gilgit-Baltistan.

They urged the government to take notice of the situation and take action against the culprits involved in violence against the journalists.

They said that journalists wanted protection throughout the country and the governments should fulfil their responsibilities.

They also called upon the international community and media organizations across the globe to strongly condemn the arrest of Samir Allawi by Israeli authorities and also ask Israel to release the journalist of Al-Jazeera TV who was doing no crime but performing his professional duties. APP

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