The Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ) Dastoor observed World Press Freedom Day at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) with a pledge to continue their stru
The Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ) Dastoor observed World Press Freedom Day at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) with a pledge to continue their struggle for the rights and safety of journalists and media workers. The event was attended by senior journalists, civil society activists, political leaders, and representatives of various media organizations.
The speakers highlighted the challenges and threats faced by the media industry in Pakistan, especially in the wake of media crisis, which has resulted in massive layoffs, salary cuts and closure of several media outlets. They also condemned the increasing incidents of censorship, harassment, intimidation and violence against journalists and media workers, and demanded an end to the impunity for the perpetrators.
The KUJ Dastoor president, Khalil Nasir, said that World Press Freedom Day was an occasion to reaffirm the commitment to uphold the principles of free and independent journalism, which is essential for democracy and human rights. He said that the KUJ Dastoor would continue to raise its voice against any attempt to muzzle or manipulate the media, and would stand in solidarity with its members and colleagues who are facing hardships and risks in the line of duty.
The KUJ Dastoor secretary general, Naimat Khan, said that the media industry in Pakistan was facing a severe crisis due to the economic downturn, political pressure, and security challenges. He said that the KUJ Dastoor had been striving to protect the interests and welfare of journalists and media workers, and had launched several campaigns and initiatives to provide them with legal, financial, and moral support. He urged the government, media owners, and other stakeholders to take urgent steps to address the issues and problems faced by the media fraternity.