Countrywide protests against ARY ban; Lahore journalists announce movement
KARACHI/LAHORE/MULTAN: Journalistic circles across the country staged protest demonstrations against suspension of ARY News license for 15 days and demanded the government to immediately withdraw the order, ARY News reported.
Journalists in Karachi, Lahore and Multan converged outside their respective press clubs and chanted slogans against the government for imposing curbs on media.
Raged over government’s order of banning ARY, President PFUJ Rana Azeem along with other journalists announced to launch ‘Jail Bharo Tehreek’ (court arrest movement) if suspension of ARY ban was not withdrawn by June 25. Under the movement, journalists would voluntarily surrender before police to protest the government’s decision.
They were of the view that democratic people must tolerate freedom of press in a democratic manner.
Journalists, during different protest demonstrations, said the ban on ARY News was imposed on behest of PML-N government. They announced to continue protest until government revert its gag order against the ARY News.
Participants of the protest also chanted slogans against the Pemra for taking unilateral decision without giving ARY a chance to clarify its position.
Meanwhile, a delegation of journalists visited the ARY News office in Karachi. They formed an 8-member committee comprising senior journalists including S.M. Shakeel, Kashif Hussain, G.M. Jamali, Habib Khan Ghori, Tahir Najmi and Athar Hussain.
The delegation will contact different political parties against ban on ARY News.