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June 3, 2011

Call for life insurance for journalists

Lahore

June 3, 2011

LAHORE
Journalists have demanded of the government and owners of media houses to provide comprehensive life insurance cover and better protection to the journalists working in the field to report on the war on terror.
The demand was made at the concluding session of the two-day workshop on Free, Independent, Responsible Media (FIRM), held by a non-partisan consultancy Individualland, in collaboration with Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung fur die Freiheit.
The workshop was held to provide awareness to media persons on the issues relating to reporting on the current terrorism incidents.
The participants, who had come from all corners of the country, deliberated at length the challenges faced by journalists on the battle-lines of the ongoing war against terror and shared their experiences and thoughts over the subject.
The journalists noted the ever-increasing violence against journalists was hampering the smooth function of gathering news from the field and imparting it to the masses. Noting that around 21 journalists had lost their lives in the line of duty, the journalists voiced their concern over the poor protection and almost non-existent insurance cover for them and their families.
The participants also deplored the death of investigative journalist Saleem Shahzad who lost his life at the hands of unknown assailants.
The gathering observed that collecting news from the field was already hampered by various restrictions imposed on the journalists but the new emerging violence situation had thrown serious challenges for the journalists.
MPA Ayesha Javed who joined the workshop as a guest speaker stressed the need for legislation for protection of right to information by the journalists.
She said that a comprehensive safety and insurance cover for journalists and their families were the need of the hour, and without which the lives of the field staff was seriously in danger. The participants were given certificates at the end of the

workshop.

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