PESHAWAR: The journalists and media organisations employees continued the protest against the closure of Geo TV channel on the sixth consecutive day on Thursday by sitting in a camp outside the Peshawar Press Club.
Several journalists from the print and electronic media, political workers, members of the civil society, artistes and trade union representatives visited the camp being arranged by the Khyber Union of Journalists and Peshawar Press Club jointly. The participants flayed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) for taking Geo TV channel off air for 15 days.
Those present at the camp asked the government to lift the curbs on the largest media group of the country. The protesting journalists also asked the government to provide protection to Jang Media Group workers and its installations.
The speakers flayed the attacks on senior anchorperson Hamid Mir and Resident Editor of Jang in Multan, Zafar Aheer. They resented attacks of vehicles carrying thousands of copies of The News and Jang.
President Khyber Union of Journalists Nisar Mehmood, former KhUJ president Arshad Aziz Malik, Farmanullah Jan, Shamim Shahid, Mehmood Jan Babar, Lala Aftab Ahmad, Khalid Kheshgi, Tauseef-ur-Rehman, Tahir Hussain, Arsalan Khan, Gohar Ali, Abdur Rehman, Adeel Saeed, Muhammad Fayyaz Khalil, Muhammad Munir, Shah Faisal, Azeem Khan and others were among the participants.
A nationalist politician, Dr Said Alam Mehsud, visited the camp along with other colleagues to express solidarity with the journalist community. Recording his views, he said the attempts to gag the free media were detestable. He praised the Jang Media Group for searching for and presenting the truth. He said an independent media was a must in a democratic society. A budding artiste Mudasir Zaman also participated in the protest camp by representing singers and artiste community.