Seminar: KP govt urged to take steps for protection of journalists

By Bureau report
June 17, 2024
This representational image shows a journalist writing in a notebook. — Unsplash/File

PESHAWAR: Speakers at a seminar have urged the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to take steps to protect the journalist community.

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They made the call while addressing the seminar, arranged by the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) for the protection of the rights of journalists.The speakers included representatives of political parties and the members of civil society organizations.

Prominent among them were Syed Ayub Shah of the Pakistan People’s Party, Shagufta Malik of Awami National Party, Shakeel Waheedullah of Qaumi Watan Party, Peshawar High Court Bar Association President Fida Gul Advocate, Dr Sarfaraz Khan of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Lubna Advocate of the Women Empowerment Commission, Farwa Bibi of Aurat Foundation, Superintendent of Police, Waqas Rafique, Khyber Union of Journalists President Nasir Hussain, and other stakeholders.

The speakers stressed the need for lawmaking in KP to protect journalists as had been done by the federal government. They said the implementation of these laws was equally important.

It was pointed out that the journalists in KP had been playing a frontline role for over two decades since the launch of the war on terror in the region. They said several journalists had lost lives during these times which called for recognition by facilitating those in the profession.

The speakers said being members of the fourth pillar of the state, the journalists had an important role to play in protecting human rights and supremacy of the law and the Constitution.

They said the role of journalists in raising awareness among the masses about their rights cannot be denied.The representatives of the journalist community pointed to the weakening financial positions of the newspersons and the growing unemployment among them.

They called for improvement in the working conditions of journalists and the steps to ensure the protection of their jobs.The speakers at the seminar promised to extend all help in the lawmaking for the protection of journalists.Earlier in the day, a workshop was arranged by the PPF as well. Journalists from various media houses attended the event.

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