Civil society activists also joined in: Journalists demanded the release of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman
RAWALPINDI / KARACHI / LAHORE / MULTAN / PESHAWAR: Senior journalists and Geo-Jang Group workers on Wednesday reaffirmed their promise to stand firm with Group Editor in Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, for the purpose of media freedom and to thwart all efforts and conspiracy against groups with unity.
Protests across the country against journalists and Geo-Jang Group workers against the illegal and illegal arrest of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman continued on Wednesday, consecutively over the past 137 days.
Overcoming the demonstration, the Chair of the Joint Action Committee of Geo and Jang Group workers and the President of the United Trade Union Nasir Chisti, Chairman of the Editorial Committee Jang Rawalpindi Hanif Khalid, Editor of Jang Rawalpindi Magazine Farooq Aqdas, Chief Reporter Jang Rawalpindi Rana Ghulam Qadir, RI Secretary General Asif Ali Bhatti, Laeq Shaukat, Muzaffar Bhatti, Munir Shah, Amjad Ali Abbassi, Malik Nusrat in addition to other Jang workers and The News said that the illegal arrest of Geo-Jang Group Editor in Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman in a fake and fake case was a question mark on the government’s image .
KARACHI: In addition to cross-section of the community, the sports fraternity also considers the arrest of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman as unlawful and cruel by the federal government, said Karachi Cricket Association official Arif Waheed, when speaking to protests by the Jang-Geo Action Committee in Karachi.
He said that the sporting fraternity demanded the immediate release of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman from prison and an end to the revengeful government campaign against independent media. He added the government attacked Jang-Geo Group, which is the country’s main promoter of local talent in the world. He said that the sporting fraternity would be part of a street demonstration if the Jang-Geo Action Committee ever called them.
LAHORE: Senior journalists, civil society leaders, administrators of the Jang Group media union and labor union on Wednesday condemned the NAB-Niazi nexus where editor-in-chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman was detained for the past 138 days.
They staged a demonstration outside the Jang Office at the Jang, Geo and The News protest camps prepared for the release of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman.
Those who joined the protest camp included Jang Group Editor, Shaheen Qureshi, Union General Secretary Jang Farooq Malik, Pakistan Times News Editor Zaheer Anjum, deputy chief reporter for News Asim Hussain and others. Shaheen Qureshi called the PTI government fascist and the worst authoritarian regime determined to silence the voice of independent media to prevent corruption and its maladministration from reaching the public.
MULTAN: Civil society activists and journalists on Wednesday held a demonstration on Jalan Nusrat against the arrest of Jang-Geo Group Editor in Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and demanded his immediate release.
The protesters say that a free press can help the government save the people from trouble. The press and the media are two important monitors of society but the government has decided to destroy free media, they said. They say that the arrest of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman in a false case has also revealed accountability impartiality.
PESHAWAR: Media workers renewed their request for the release of Jang Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman when they resumed their protests on Wednesday.
Speakers, including senior journalist Arshad Aziz Malik, Shakeel Farman, Imdad Ali Qazalbash, Shah Zaman and others, called the arrest of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman illegal, unconstitutional, and attacks on free media. Protesters say NAB has no jurisdiction to arrest someone in a three-decade-old property case.