JournalismPakistan.com January 29, 2013
ISLAMABAD: A sit-in outside the Parliament House by journalists Monday was deferred until February 7 after assurances their demands would be met.
The protest was organized by Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) to press for arrest of journalists’ killers and constituting the 8th Wage Board.
Some of their other demands included providing insurance cover to reporters and camerapersons and paying compensation of up to Rs2.5 million to journalists killed in the line of duty.
Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira assured the protesters their key demand of setting up the Wage Board would be met in a week’s time.
He also announced that a revolving fund of Rs50 million for giving compensation to slain journalists’ families would be made available. A formal announcement in this regard would be made in the next couple of days, he said.
PFUJ President Pervez Shaukat said the protest had only been deferred. “If our demands are not met, we will return.”
International watchdogs ranked Pakistan as one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists where 13 were killed in 2012. This year already, two journalists and a cameraman got killed in a bomb blast in Quetta on January 10.
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