March 11, 2019
ISLAMABAD - With Arshad Sharif of ARY News and newscaster Ishrat Fatima named to receive the President's Award for Pride of Performance on March 23, a veteran journalist has played down the importance of these honors.
In an Urdu tweet, analyst and journalist Imtiaz Alam tried to play down the importance of the awards. He said: “We know the reality of presidential and pride of performance awards. We also know the reality of why some get it, and some don’t.”
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Matiullah Jan, formerly of Waqt News called for boycotting such awards in protest against the “economic murder” of journalists.
He pointed out that the journalists getting these awards should stand with the protesting journalists, otherwise history would not forgive them.
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