ISLAMABAD: In view of Geo’s closure for the last four months and the impending economic murder of over 5,000 employees of the Jang Group/Geo, journalists and workers associated with the Group will hold a protest demonstration in front of the Parliament House at 3:00 pm on Tuesday.
Leaders of the workers’ unions of the Jang Group have appealed to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), Council of Press Clubs Associations (CPCA), civil society organizations and people of Pakistan to stand by them to protect not only the rights of tens of thousands of people associated with over 5,000 employees of the Group but also freedom of expression and democracy in the country.
They said Jang Group workers’ unions would arrange protests throughout the country to press for the employees right to survive and journalists right to freedom of expression.They said salaries Jang/Geo Group employees are at stake and they would not rest till the Geo is fully restored and arbitrary measures against Jang Group are stopped.
Meanwhile, PFUJ president Afzal Butt and CPCA leader Arshad Ansari have announced to participate in the protest of Jang/Geo Group employees in front of the Parliament today. They appealed to journalists of the twin cities to come to the protest to express solidarity with their colleagues.
Our Lahore correspondent adds: Journalist bodies, political and human rights organisations will hold a rally and protest demonstration at Chairing Cross on Monday (today) against the illegal ban imposed on Geo Television Network for the past four months.
The demonstration, to be held at 3pm, will be led by notables from all walks of life. The protest is aimed at condemning the ban and demanding complete resumption of Geo Television Network in all areas of the country at its designated slot.
This illegal ban imposed on Geo has incurred loss worth billions to the channel. As a result, the salaries and allowances of thousands of workers associated with the network have been at stake and the bread and butter of their families jeopardised.Political parties, rights bodies and people from all walks of life have decided to get together in solidarity against the victimisation of the country’s most popular TV channel.
Our Faisalabad staffer adds: Journalists will stage a rally from Jang offices Koh-e-Noor City to the city of Faisalabad to protest the closure of Geo for over last four months. Editor Zafar Dogar will lead the rally. Civil society organizations including workers party will participate in the rally.