RMNP confers press freedom award on Zafar Aaheer

Bahawalpur: To mark the World Press Freedom Day, Rural Media Network Pakistan (RMNP) has conferred the 2015 Sadiq Press Freedom Award on Zafar Aaheer.

The award carries a cash prize of Rs 100,000. This year RMNP Sadiq Press Freedom Award was instituted with the support of veteran journalists, media consultant and Former Director International Press Institute (IPI) Alison Bethel McKenzie.

Zafar Aaheer , resident editor of the top- selling Urdu language newspaper ” Jang” was attacked and badly beaten by a gang of armed men when he left his office in Multan on 1st June 2014.

President RMNP Ehsan Ahmed Khan Sehar suggested that there is dire need for steps to be taken to improve the safety of journalists in Pakistan, and to address the issue of impunity, which continues to threaten media freedom.

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