August 28, 2021
ISLAMABAD—The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has announced complete support to plans of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) to stage a 48-hour sit-in outside the Parliament House during President Arif Alvi’s address to the joint sitting of the Parliament.
A delegation of Rawalpindi-Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ), led by Press Freedom Action Committee Chairman Afzal Butt, called on SCBA President Abdul Latif Afridi and other office-bearers. They apprised them about the PFUJ plan to stage a protest sit-in outside the Parliament against the proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) and curbs on press freedom in the country. The SCBA president assured the visiting delegation of complete support to journalists’ sit-in.
Afridi said the press was a crucial pillar of the state and the legal fraternity believed in complete press freedom. The lawyers would not accept and tolerate any curbs on the media. He demanded the government allay all concerns of the journalist community regarding the proposed PMDA.
The delegation comprised RIUJ President Amir Sajjad, Finance Secretary Hanifur Rehman, Secretary National Press Club Anwar Raza, and High Court Reporters Association Secretary Ahtesham Kiyani and others.
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