March 24, 2017
ISLAMABAD – The Rawalpindi-Islamabad Union of Journalists Friday condemned an attack on senior journalist Bilal Afridi reportedly by lawyers at the district courts.
The union leaders in a meeting decided to contact the Pakistan Bar Council to seek suspension of the lawyers’ licenses who were involved in the attack.
A four-member committee, headed by vice president Sagheer Chaudhry was constituted to file a case against the perpetrators and to submit an application with the Pakistan Bar Council seeking action.
The house made it clear that violence against journalists would not be tolerated.
The meeting also discussed matters relating to delay in payment of staff salaries at Capital TV, Aaj News and INP, and impending layoffs at Channel 7 where salaries have not been disbursed for six months.
The leaders warned that any action against employees would not be taken lying down.
In this regard, a five-member committee, led by acting president Nasir Hashmi was formed. It is mandated to contact the Ministry of Information, Press Information Department, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority and the media owners.
The next meeting of the union is scheduled for March 31.
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