A meeting has been arranged on May 7 between representatives of Kamalia Butchers’ Association and journalists to discuss the former’s grievances against the media.
The decision was announced on Friday evening by DSP Akbar Niaz while addressing a sit-in by Butchers’ Association held in front of his office.
The Butchers’ Association was protesting against what they said was a propaganda campaign against local media.
They said the media were running false reports about unhygienic and substandard meat sold in the city’s market. The protesters also contested reports that some butchers had been fined by the city administration.
The protesting butchers earlier held a rally from Committee Chowk to the DSPs’ office.
Kamalia Butchers’ Association president Muhammad Aslam alleged that some journalists demand money from butchers to spare them from the false reports about their businesses.
The demonstration ended after the DSP announced a meeting between the two sides to settle the issue.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Kamalia Union of Journalists’ president Rana Muhammad Amjad admitted that some elements journalists were involved in blackmail and extortion but said that they were not members of the union.
He criticised the Butchers’ Association for maligning all journalists for the actions of a small clique.
He urged the protesters to identify the journalists who threaten them with false reporting.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 6th, 2012.
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