JournalismPakistan.com January 19, 2014
KARACHI: Journalists held protests Saturday to condemn the killing of three staff members of Express News Television by the Taliban.
The major protest was in Karachi where the leaders representing Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), Karachi Press Club and Karachi Union of Journalists called on the government to provide security to journalists and media houses and bring the perpetrators to justice. Some politicians also attended the protest.
The protesters condemned the cowardly act that killed driver Muhammad Khalid, technician Waqas Aziz and security guard Muhammad Ashraf in Karachi on Friday. Their funeral prayers were held separately in Baldia Town, Model Colony and Korangi.
A demonstration also took place in Islamabad outside the National Press Club. Office-bearers of local journalist unions and senior journalists addressed the gathering. Similar protests were also held in some other cities.
The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the Karachi attack and warned there would be more if the Pakistani media did not stop spreading "venomous propaganda" against Tehreek-e-Taliban.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has constituted a two-member committee to assess the security threats to media houses.
The committee comprises Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid.
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