PFUJ expresses concern over threat issued by TTP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) have expressed its deep concern over the threat issued by the banned Tehrike Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and asked the government and the media owners to take steps to increase journalists’ security.

In a statement issued on social media, TTP spokesman Muhammad Khurrasani has warned the media not to use the term “terrorists” against TTP otherwise they would also be treated as “enemies”.

A joint statement issued by PFUJ President Shahzada Zulfikar and Secretary-General Nasir Zaidi while expressing its concern over the safety of journalists, particularly those working in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said that already more than 30 journalists have been killed in these two provinces through targeted killing by militants. It regretted that not a single case was solved or anyone arrested.

The new threat has again raised alarm in the journalists’ community. “ We are being targeted from both sides,” the statement said adding it is high time that the government should accept all the proposals given by the PFUJ to the proposed Journalists’ Safety and Protection bill.

“We have suggested that the media owners should be bound to provide life insurance to all the employees, particularly those working in conflict area,” the statement said. “Media owners should also provide safety gear to those working in conflict areas as well as provide them special training in dealing with such situations.”

The President and Secretary-General of PFUJ also called upon the National Assembly’s sub-committee on information to seriously consider the amendments suggested by the PFUJ in the proposed bill to make it more effective.

“We have already submitted our written clause-wise suggestions on the proposed safety bill and we believe that the NA committee on Information will adopt them without any further delay in the larger interest of the journalist’s community,” the statement said.

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