ISLAMABAD - Scores of print and electronic media journalists Saturday held protest demonstration under the auspices of Rawalpindi-Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ) against the downsizing in various private media organisations. Journalists brought out rally in front of Islamabad Press Club (Camp Office) and took round of a segment of Municipal Road. They were shouting slogans against owners of newspapers and TV channels, from where dozen of workers have been fired during past few days. The protest demonstration was also aimed at pressing government for providing security to journalists.  They condemned kidnapping of father of former president Hyderabad Press Club Lala Rehman and urged the government to recover him in the shortest possible time. They also condemned government for not providing security to Javed Afridi, a Peshawar-based journalist.  Javed was kidnapped few weeks back and then managed escape, but now he was again facing threats. Speaking on the occasion, former president Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Pervez Shaukat said that PPP had pledged before assuming power that it would provide security to journalists and ensure implementation of 7th Wage Awards. But, he said incumbent government badly failed in keeping its words. He said that rights of media workers would be ensured at all costs and protest demonstrations would be held across the country if their demands were not met. Secretary General PFUJ Mazhar Abbas informed that executive bodies of the PFUJ and All Pakistan Newspapers Employees Confederation (APNEC) would meet in Abottabad on November 7 to chalk out future's strategy regarding security of life and employment of journalists. He urged the government to recover Lala's father at the earliest as he was aged and ill and his health was at risk. Afzal Butt, President RIUJ, said while addressing protesting journalists that owners of some TV channels and newspapers were making mockery of the country's law by firing dozens of workers without any reason. He warned owners of the said organisations to promptly reinstate the laid off employees, otherwise, next demonstration would be held in front of their residencies. He also urged government to provide security to journalists, as it was the primary responsibility of government t ensure lives of its subjects. He said that the protest would be widened across the country if the government didn't meet their demands. Later on, the protesting journalists dispersed peacefully. It is relevant to mention here that more than a hundred working journalists have been laid off by three Urdu and one English Newspapers and two private TV channels during the past few days.