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