Pakistani Journalists Protest Law Restricting Press Freedom In Punjab | World news

According to a statement by the PFUJ, all journalists’ unions will organize rallies and hoist black flags in press clubs to protest the bill described as “brutal,” local media reported.

Pakistani journalists on Monday called for a nationwide protest against the passage of the controversial Provincial Assembly Privileges (Amendment) Bill 2021 by the Punjabi Assembly. The appeal was made by the Federal Union of Journalists of Pakistan (PFUJ), which says the bill contains provisions aimed at press freedom in the Punjab region.

The PFUJ is an umbrella organization of all journalists’ unions in the country.

According to a statement by the PFUJ, all journalists’ unions will organize rallies and hoist black flags in press clubs to protest the bill described as “brutal,” local media reported. The unions also announced a rally outside the governor’s house in the Punjab.

They are asking the government to step back on the bill. They also called on the provincial government (in Balochistan) to take action against “undemocratic action”.

According to local media, the amendment bill provides for a three-month jail term or a fine of ??10,000, or both, for the publication of any report on proceedings or a report of a committee before it is presented to the assembly. While journalists say the bill would undermine press freedom, Pakistan’s ruling government Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and opposition parties are backing it.

Journalists say the bill is a “fascist tactic” employed by the provincial government of Balochistan to prevent media from covering a press conference by opposition leaders in the city, according to local media reports. “Mass tactics against journalists would not be tolerated at any cost,” PFUJ Chairman Shahzada Zulfiqar and Secretary General Nasir Zaidi said in a statement.

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