November 29, 2017
ISLAMABAD – A protest camp of the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ) demanding the repeal of a controversial section in the PEMRA Act, continued for the third day running.
Union President Mubarak Zeb Khan told JournalismPakistan.com Wednesday that the protest would continue until Section 5 of the Act was not removed.
Under this section, the electronic media regulator blacked out all news and current affairs channels on November 25 following an operation by the government against religious protesters.
“We have only one demand – to get rid of this draconian Section 5 because its removal is vital to ensure freedom of the press,” Khan said. “Our aim is also to sensitize journalists, parliamentarians and civil society about the impact of this law, which if not withdrawn, would become an unholy precedent for future governments to use against the media.”
The protest camp has been set up at the National Press Club, Islamabad.
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