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Pakistani journalists against ban on any media house
 
 
 
Pakistani journalists against ban on any media house



Senior Pakistani journalists issued a statement to stand against any proposal of a ban on any media house on the World Press Freedom Day, today.



The statement was sent out to all the media companies and was signed by some 55 senior journalists from across Pakistan. It also urged the media owners “to rise above their corporate interests and rivalries” and “work together against threats to and attacks upon journalists in Pakistan.” The statement added that rivalries within the media leave journalists more susceptible to attacks and weaken their struggle for justice. The statement included the following clauses:



Support written policies / codes of ethics for the journalism work of their companies incorporating best practices on ethical journalism.



Promote policies and mechanisms that reduce the expanding margins of risks to the safety of journalists and discourage unnecessary risk taking that endanger lives in the absence of written guidelines



Support efforts for appointment of special prosecutor(s), at the federal and provincial levels, along with necessary resources, dedicated to investigating and prosecuting cases of threats against media houses and attacks against journalists



Unite in support of any journalist who is attacked or threatened, as if he or she is one of their own, even if associated with a rival company.



The journalists who endorsed it (alphabetically):



 



Absar Alam, Aaj News; formerly Special Correspondent/Deputy Editor, The Nation



Adnan Farooq,co-editor, Viewpoint Online



Afia Salam, freelance journalist; formerly with Dawn, Star, The Cricketer, News Line, Aurora, Slogan



Ahfaz ur Rahman, Magazine Editor, daily Express, former President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ)



Ahmad Waleed, Controller News, Samaa TV



Anwer Sen Roy, BBC World Service (Urdu) London



Asma Shirazi, senior anchor, analyst Dawn News Islamabad, formerly with Geo, Samaa, ARY



Alefia T. Hussain, Consulting Editor, The News on Sunday



Amar Sindhu, freelance writer, columnist, Kawish



Asad Hashim, Web Correspondent, Al Jazeera English



Asha’ar Rehman, Resident Editor, Dawn Lahore



Ayesha Siddiqa, freelance columnist, analyst



Babar Ayaz, Journalist and Author



Babar Sattar, Columnist, Dawn (formerly at The News); Co-host Siasat Aur Qanoon, Express TV



Badar Alam, Editor, The Herald, Dawn group



Bahzad Alam Khan, Editor, Metro & South, Dawn



Beena Sarwar, Editor Aman ki Asha, Jang Group, formerly with Star, The Frontier Post



Bina Shah, writer and columnist



Farah Zia, Editor, The News on Sunday



Farooq Sulehria, co-editor, Viewpoint Online



Farrukh Khan Pitafi, PTV anchor, columnist for Express Tribune, Rozanama Dunya



Husain Naqi, former editor The News Lahore, Sajjan (Punjabi)



I. A. Rehman, freelance contributor, former editor Pakistan Times



Javed Soomro, Senior Broadcast Journalist BBC Urdu TV, formerly with The News, Friday Times



Jugnu Mohsin, Publisher & Managing Editor, The Friday Times



Kamran Rehmat, Columnist, former Editor, The News; Res. Editor, Express Tribune; News Editor, Dawn News; Political Analyst Al Jazeera Online



Kamran Shafi, columnist, Express Tribune, formerly Dawn, News



Khurram Husain, freelance journalist, columnist, Dawn, formerly Express Tribune



Kiran Nazish, Journalist, currently at The New York Times



Malik Siraj Akbar, Editor-in-chief The Baloch Hal; former Bureau Chief Balochistan, Daily Times



Marvi Sirmed, columnist, The Nation



Masood Ashar  writer, columnist  Daily Jang; Editor Mashal Books, former Editor Daily Imroze



Mazhar Abbas, former secretary general, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ)



Mehmal Sarfraz, Deputy Secretary General, SAFMA



Mohammad Taqi, columnist, Daily Times



Mosharraf Zaidi, Columnist, The News



Muneeb Farooq, Senior Anchor, Geo



Murtaza Solangi, journalist, former Director General, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation



Najam Sethi, Editor, The Friday Times



Nasim Zehra, Anchor/Columnist, Capital TV; formerly with Dunya TV, News, Nation



Nasir Jamal, Chief Reporter, Dawn Newspaper



Naziha Syed Ali, assistant editor, Dawn, former assistant editor, Newsline



Omar R. Qureshi, Op-ed Editor Express Tribune; formerly with Dawn, The News



Owais Tohid, freelancer, former: Exec. Director Dunya, Dir. News Geo English, Sr Exec. Director ARY



Raza Rumi, Consulting Editor, The Friday Times



Sabir Nazar, Editorial cartoonist, The Friday Time, Express Tribune



Sahar Ali, blogger, columnist, formerly with Panos South Asia



Sahar Habib Ghazi, Deputy Editor Global Voices



Sana Saleem, blogger, Director, Bolo Bhi



Shaheen Qureshi, Group Editor Coordination, Jang Group



Sirmed Manzoor, Gen. Sec. SAFMA - Pakistan; freelance columnist;  formerly with The News and The Frontier Post



Talat Aslam, Senior Editor, The News, formerly with The Herald



Zaman Khan, columnist, Mashriq, former bureau chief Faisalabad, The Frontier Post



Zarrar Khuhro, Assistant Editor (magazines), Dawn Media Group



Zubeida Mustafa, Columnist, Pakistan Herald Publications Ltd



 


 


 
 
 
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