KARACHI: Karachi Union of Journalists organized a meeting of senior journalists which was held at the KUJ office on May 19, 2014 to discuss and find a solution to the prevailing precarious situation faced by journalists following the media crisis that has arisen recently.
Senior journalists including Abdul Hameed Chhapra, Tahir Najmi, Habib Khan Ghauri, Shahid Hussain, Faysal Aziz Khan. KUJ President GM Jamali, KUJ Gen Sec Wajid Raza Isfahani and PFUJ Sec Gen Amin Yousuf were also present at this event.
The members of the meeting were of the opinion that the act of disconnecting of any channel or changing its position on the cable is against PEMRA laws and is also against the Freedom of Press and freedom of opinion as enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan.
The meeting was of the opinion that some channels ran some video clips which antagonised the sentiments of a large section of society. But some other channels aired those clips again and again which resulted in further aggravating the situation, inciting people and thus putting the lives of journalists under threat.
The meeting agreed that on the issue of a particular video clip, a host and Geo TV Network have already tendered an unconditional apology, and this apology was being aired constantly.
Most of the Ulema and religious scholars have said that after this apology, the matter should be defused and shelved. The meeting also endorsed this opinion.
A resolution was passed that no media organization or channel will be allowed to be banned; PFUJ and KUJ will resist any such move and will hold countrywide demonstrations.
It was also strongly reiterated by the gathering that the KUJ and PFUJ stood by all working journalist, especially of Jang and Geo, who were vulnerable. Steps should be put into place to protect the lives and property of all journalists across the media.
The participants also decided that a committee headed by Habib Ghauri and six journalists comprising KUJ President GM Jamali and General Secretary Wajid Isfahani and PFUJ Secretary General Amin Yousuf, Bureau Chief Geo Faisal Aziz Khan, Senior Journalist Syed Safdar Ali and Senior Journalist Shahid Hussain be formed to seek the opinion of the Ulema and would also stress the channels to work within journalists ethics.
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