LAHORE: Protest against the arrest of Editor-in-Chief Jang Geo Media Group Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, organized by workers from News, Jang and Geo continued on Friday, reported News.
The protesters criticized the government and said the authorities tried to suppress the voice of the independent media by arresting MSR.
Protesters condemned the arrest of a senior journalist in a 34-year property case, saying workers from the Jang Geo Group will continue to protest until his release.
Regarding the arrest as an attack on the press, they say that forces are following anti-press and anti-media policies to stop them from highlighting the truth.
Shaheen Qureshi, human rights activist Abdullah Malik, Zaheer Anjum, Khizar Hayat Gondal, Zahid Ali Khan, Owais Qarni, Muhammad Farooq, Babar Waseem, Afzal Abbas and others present at the protest, held outside Jang building.
Protests against the arrest of MSR also continued in Peshawar
Carrying banners and placards bearing slogans in support of their demands, the protesters demanded the release of the chief editor and the withdrawal of cases against him.
The protesters chanted slogans against the government for following in the footsteps of the dictator in suppressing the voice of independent media.
The PTI government, they said, used NAB to victimize political opponents, but remained silent over other mega corruption scandals.
Pakistan-Nawaz Muslim League (PML-N) leader Arbab Khizer Hayat, who visited the camp to express solidarity with workers Jang Group, condemned the government and NAB for the arrest.
Overcoming it as an attack on the press, he said the government used national institutions to fight its opponents, but they would not succeed. He asked the question why the NAB did not take action against those responsible for the mega corruption scandal, including the Bus Rapid Transit project, the Jabba Malam land fraud, the sugar and flour crisis.
He demanded the release of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and the withdrawal of the case against him. Resident Editor Jang Daily Peshawar Arshad Aziz Malik also condemned the illegal arrest of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman in a three-decade-old property case.
He said it was the first case in which a suspect had been detained for more than two months without even an investigation being carried out or a case registered with them.
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