ISLAMABAD- Journalists on Sunday brought out a rally in connection with the World Press Freedom Day marked on Sunday and in protest against the target killing of journalists across the country. The rally took a round of the Super Market and staged a protest demo in the Hyde Park near the National Press Club. Participants of the rally were shouting slogans and holding placards inscribed with demands for the freedom of press, protection of the lives of journalists and imposition of wage board award. Addressing the occasion, President Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ) Shehryar Khan said that media owners with connivance of the government were economic murder of workers. He informed that more than 1000 journalists had been fired during the last few months. He regretted that media organisations were sacking their employees despite receiving advertisements worth million of rupees from the government. He also condemned registering of FIRs against senior journalists at the behest of Secretary Information and Broadcasting Ashfaq Gondal. He also demanded his early termination. President National Press Club Tariq Chaudhry urged the government to condition the advertisements with the imposition of wage board award. He said that journalists would stage a sit-in in front of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting if their demands were not met. On the occasion, the journalists also passed five resolution; I) The issue of the rights and problems of journalists should be taken up on the platform of United Nations, b) murderers of the slain journalists should be brought to book as early as possible, c) Journalists should not be fired from their job and the wage board award should be imposed in total, d) Fake cases against the journalists be withdrawn and e) Media owners should provide their workers with the facility of group insurance. Later the journalist dispersed peacefully. APP adds: Like other parts of the globe, World Press Freedom Day was observed across Pakistan on Sunday with an aim to encourage and develop press freedom initiatives and spur assessments of the state of press freedom.On the day, the journalist organizations arranged different seminars, conferences , walks and several other programmes, highlighting the importance of freedom of press and role of media and its responsibilities. The Press Freedom Day was first introduced by the United Nations on May 3, 1991 to highlight the basic principles of press freedom. During the conferences and seminars the participants acknowledged services of those journalists, who have rendered their lives in the line of duty. On the occasion, the journalists from print and electronic media and representatives of civil society also spoke and highlighted significance of the Day. The Day has also focus on the potential of media in fostering dialogue, mutual understanding and reconciliation.