September 01, 2021
ISLAMABAD—Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ) has announced to hold 'Freedom of Press Rally' to protest against the attempts to suppress media and freedom of expression on September 12.
In a meeting of the RIUJ under the chairmanship of its President Amir Sajjad Syed (pictured), it was decided that the rally will commence from National Press Club Islamabad at 4:00 pm and culminate in front of the Parliament House.
After reaching its endpoint, the rally will turn into a 24-hour sit-in. Political and religious parties, lawyers, students, and business bodies will also participate in the sit-in.
Prominent anchorpersons will hold talk shows at the sit-in throughout the night. The symbolic sit-in will end after President Arif Alvi's address to the joint session of the Parliament on September 13.
The meeting discussed in detail the forced dismissals of journalists from their jobs, non-payment of their salaries and dues, pay cuts, rising incidents of violence and kidnappings, ban on journalists and their programs, and draconian law of Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA).
The Morning Mail, October 16, 2018
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