Journalists observe black day, Sharifs respond

Journalists held demonstrations and protests in different areas of the country after the PFUJ termed today a black day.

Express July 10, 2010

LAHORE: Journalists held demonstrations and protests in different areas of the country after the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) announced today to be a black day and decided not to cover the Punjab Assembly until the resolution is withdrawn.

Protests took place in Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Lahore, Faisalabad , Hafiz abad , Sheikhupura and Multan.

The Punjab Assembly on Friday had accused the media of having adopted an “irresponsible attitude." A resolution which accused the media of indulging in “blackmail” and “working for vested interest" was also passed unanimously.

The Sharifs respond to the protests

Meanwhile Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif while speaking in Bahawalpur commented on the media saying that it is the fourth pillar of a democratic state.

Though he did not outrightly criticise the Punjab legislators onslaught on the media, he said the journalists’ contribution to the democratic struggle could also not be ignored.

The chief minister also tweeted:
Have the greatest of respect for the freedom of speech and media; have constituted a committee to resolve the interface issues ASAP

PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif said that he will strongly oppose any attempt to impose curbs on the media. He added that he respects the free media as much as he respects the free judicay.


Sohail Ramzan Rana | 11 years ago | Reply I wonder why do employees of media business organisations need to shout out their sacrifices for democracy loud in front of Punjab Assembly or on the streets, as their is no dearth of newspaper and tv space available to them to dethrone,disclaim and defame any of their eternal adversaries? If they are falling short of space in electronic or print media due to the ever increasing space being captured by their business masters;the advertisers!
jameel ahmed saleemi | 11 years ago | Reply All of us should work in their limited boundry area to avoid and clash among us.Moreover every person belong to any walk of life and profession should get him right before crticizing anybodyelse.As a matter of fact all of us excluding very some people are not living with clean hands.
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