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Suspension of TV channels condemned

Suspension of TV channels condemned

ISLAMABAD: Denouncing the federal government’s decision to take all news channels off the air on Saturday, the journalist community in the twin cities on Sunday announced to launch a movement to put pressure on the government to revoke Section 5 of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Act.

The news channels were, however, restored on Sunday evening.

The Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ) said the movement would be started on Monday.

Journalists from Rawalpindi and Islamabad also staged a protest demonstration in front of the National Press Club to denounce the government’s act.

Holding placards and banners, the protesters chanted slogans against the government.

“Though the government has restored the TV channels, we are going to start the movement against Section 5 of Pemra Act which is a black law,” said RIUJ President Mubarak Zeb Khan.

The RIUJ demanded new legislation to avoid the suspension of TV channels and social media in future. It also hoisted a black flag at the press club to condemn the suspension of news channels depriving the citizens of their right to know.

The RIUJ also decided to hold a camp in front of the press club besides holding a rally to the Parliament House on Monday.

Earlier, the RIUJ held a meeting, which was attended by senior journalists, including Hamid Mir, Nasir Malik, Arshad Sharif, Aun Sahi and Mateen Hiader, and decided to launch the movement.

Published in Dawn, November 27th, 2017

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