Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Journalists’ bodies seek restoration of jobs

By Rashid Zia Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (Dastoor) under the auspices of the Nawabshah Union of Journalists (NUJ), staged a protest demonstration against termination of journalists from media houses and deductions in salaries. 

The demonstration led by Central Assistant Secretary PFUJ (D) Shoaib Khan was held at Sheraz Chowk and participated, among others, by President, Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ), Tariq Abul Hassan, Secretary, Karachi Press Club (KPC), Hanif Akbar, President, Hyderabad Union of Journalists (HUJ) Abdul Hafeez Abid, General Secretary Tajamul Hussain, President, NUJ, Muhammad Anwar Shaikh, General Secretary Arshad Ali Shaikh and others. 

Addressing the protesters, the PFUJ leaders described the terminations of journalists as a conspiracy and said such media crises never surfaced earlier even during the martial law regimes. 

The speakers said that more than two thousand media workers have been removed from jobs and those working in media houses were facing deductions in salaries. 

They remarked that the journalists community would now protest all out against channels and newspapers for their genuine rights while the unions would continue their protests at the offices of media houses till the last worker was restored.