QUETTA: Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) while terming attack of senior anchor person Hamid Mir as attack on freedom of Press and demanded that accused should be brought to the net of justice and an independent commission should be constituted to probe the incident.
These views were expressed at a demonstration organised by BUJ in front of Press club here Sunday against murderous attack on senior journalist and anchor person Hamid Mir.
Protestors carried placards and banners with various slogans.
Large number of leaders and workers of National party under the leadership of Tahir Bizenjo Secretary General also participated in the demonstration.
Representatives of Islamic Writers Forum, Railways workers union, political and democratic parties and civil society were also present. They expressed solidarity and strongly condemned the incident.
BUJ President Irfan Saeed, President Quetta Press Club Razaur Rehman, Tahri Bizenjo, Bureau Chief Geo TV Ejaz Khan and others spoke on the occasion.
They condemned attack on Hamid Mir and said this is not first incident of kind. Earlier such incidents have been taking place and more than one hundred journalists have sacrificed their lives for the prestige of pen and journey of truth and righteousness. We present them Red Salute they said adding we give message to forces who at the gun point want to make media their hostage and want to impose their agenda or who desire is Media should work according to their motives that Media cannot be frightened nor such cowardice attack can bow journalists.
They said independent media is key organ of democracy and with independent Media healthy thinking for building peaceful future of the country develops. Recent attack they added is matter of grave concern for those who care for democracy in the country. Anti peace elements want to shut such voices. They said state institutions, political and religious parties and armed groups were continuously harass journalists and it is their motive media should be bound to public and broadcast reports as per their desire. It is negation of freedom of Press which cannot be tolerated at any cost.
They said a high level judicial commission should be formed and accused involved in the attack should be brought to the net of law. Concrete measures should be adopted for the security of journalists and freedom of Pres.
Owners of Media Houses were also appealed on the occasion to come to a platform by sinking their differences as it is not matter of one individual or attack on an organisation. It is attack on every journalist and to stop growing trend of attacks on freedom of Press we all have to get united.
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