Leading media professionals have condemned the blatant accusations and lies of Zaid Hamid is spreading through social networking sites against South Asian Free Media Association (Safma).
In a statement issued by Safma here on Wednesday, leading media professionals and press club representatives took serious exceptions to “unfounded and shameful” accusations hurled by an “irresponsible person” against a media body of journalists of the South Asian region through Facebook violating all ethics and norms.
“Such unfounded allegations and defaming views on a social networking site are aimed at inciting public sentiments against Safma and its thousands of members and malign a media body,” they said. The media representatives expressed their concern over the slander indicative of the dangerous trend in the cyber world of maligning various personalities and credible organisations. “What is quite despicable is that Zaid Hamid’s accusations have no basis whatsoever,” they added.
While appreciating Safma’s role in defence of right to know, freedom of expression, press freedom, rights of journalists, media development, peace and regional cooperation, the media representatives resolved to frustrate the designs of fascist elements and their authoritarian patrons against independent media persons and organisations.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 23rd, 2012.