KARACHI: Media persons Friday boycotted the budget speech of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali in protest against the suspension of license and transmission of Geo News.
Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon rushed to the Press Gallery to persuade media persons’ representatives to end their token walkout.Sharjeel told journalists that the ruling PPP in the province was against the shutdown of any private TV channel including the suspension Geo News transmission. He said the PPP always opposed the shutdown of Geo TV.
Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists leader Amin Yousuf said a conspiracy was in action to divide the media fraternity.President of Karachi Union of Journalists GM Jamali said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had so far failed to deliver justice to Geo TV. He said the prime minister had been duly informed that there were conspiracies against the Geo TV.
He said the statement of Defence Minister Khawaja Asif had exposed the situation that in fact it was the PM who had approved the shutdown of Geo News transmission.Geo News Karachi Bureau Chief Faisal Aziz Khan said the Sindh government of PPP must adhere to Benazir Bhutto Shaheed’s stand on the freedom of expression and freedom of media.
He said the Sindh government should make it binding upon the TV cable operators to resume the transmissions of other channels in the network of Geo TV in accordance with the decision of the Supreme Court.
He further said the Sindh government should also ensure the arrest of criminals responsible for torching the copies of Daily Jang and The News.On getting assurances from the Sindh information minister, the protesting journalists ended their token protest.