LAHORE - Expressing solidarity with the media, the participants of a rally here on Monday demanded Punjab governments apology on the provincial assembly resolution against the fourth pillar of the state and the withdrawal of the contentious document. Jamaat-e-Islami organised the rally outside Mansoora which was largely attended by political activists. The participants were carrying placards and banners inscribed with writings in support of media and against the rulers in the province. Highly charged participants chanted slogans against the government. Addressing the rally, Liaquat Baloch warned the rulers that any attempt to gag the press would not be tolerated at all. He said the journalist community had offered huge sacrifices for press freedom during the rule of civil and military dictators but the corrupt politicians and the plunderers of the national wealth could not tolerate this freedom. He said a free press was the need of the oppressed masses to break the unholy alliance of the corrupt politicians. He said the resolution against the media had been passed with the collusion of both the PML (N) and the PPP but the two sides were blaming each other, and the primary aim was to pressurize the media against exposing their corruption and to protect the fake degree holders. He said Mian Nawaz Sharif was now posing innocence and enquiring about the identity of Masti Khel although the resolution had been drafted in the provincial Law Ministers chamber, finalized in the Chief Ministers chamber before its unanimous adoption with a shameful show of force. JI deputy secretary general Dr Farid Ahmed Piracha condemned the anti media campaign launched by the federal and the provincial governments. He however said that the forces confronting the media and the judiciary were fated to perish.