ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) out rightly rejected the proposed remaining draft of the journalists Safety and Welfare Invoice, 2017 as neither it offered safety framework for journalists nor any punishment for these concerned in killing of journalists.
“This can be a sham invoice aimed toward befooling the journalist group in addition to the worldwide group”, stated a press release issued by the PFUJ on Wednesday. In response to a press launch, the assertion stated that authorities notably the Info and Broadcasting Ministry has completely ignored the amendments proposed by the PFUJ into the stated Invoice. The PFUJ had proposed a number of amendments to guard journalists who’re the prime targets of killing by vested curiosity. It had additionally proposed punishment for assaults on media homes, DSNG automobiles and media staff.
“The federal government has solely included a minor proposal of the PFUJ relating to holding of an inquiry in reference to assaults on media property/personnel by an official not lower than a rank of superintendent of police,” the assertion stated. The federal government needs to create an impression that the Invoice has been ready with the consent of the PFUJ however this isn’t the case”.
The current killing of Bakhsheesh Elahi, a reporter of TV channel and a every day in Haripur, has proved past doubt that the current legal guidelines have failed to guard the lifetime of journalists and it’s the necessity of the time to include stringent measures into the toothless Invoice.
Equally, the current kidnapping try of Aizaz Syed, reporter of Geo TV, is one other instance that the spy businesses of the nation have to be reigned and the PFUJ had proposed concrete steps in its suggestions that had been ignored by the federal government.
It stated the Tuesday assault on the DSNG van and thrashing of reporters and digital camera individuals of a personal TV in Faisalabad is one other proof that these concerned in such heinous crimes must be punished by heavy hand.
Whereas completely rejecting the federal government’s safety invoice, the PFUJ referred to as upon the political events to oppose the federal government-sponsored invoice and pressurise the federal government to include the proposals given by the journalists’ group. The PFUJ additionally demanded of the Nationwide Meeting’s Standing Committee on Info and Broadcasting to not desk this invoice within the Nationwide Meeting in its current type.
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