KARACHI: Journalists’ organizations and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan strongly condemn the unethical and inappropriate content published against women by the local Urdu daily published from Karachi.
The Pakistan Federal Journalists’ Union (PFUJ) and the Karachi Journalists Union (KUJ) on Monday condemned the unwarranted and unethical attacks on women by the local Urdu daily. PFUJ strongly condemns those unwarranted for the immoral and unethical attacks on women published on the front page of the daily and calls them violating all principles and ethics of journalism. In a joint statement, PFUJ President Shahzada Zulfiqar and Secretary General Nasir Zaidi said that never in the history of Pakistani journalism have such harsh words against any segment of society ever been used. It seems that the daily newspaper is being used to fulfill the agenda of extremists who do not want to see women contribute to the development of society and the country.
PFUJ urges the All Pakistan Newspaper Society to take prompt and appropriate action on the daily administration of Urdu. Likewise, the Karachi Journalists Union has harshly criticized the Urdu language on a daily basis for the unpleasant comments published on the front page against women describing it as contrary to journalistic principles and ethics. KUJ President Ejaz Ahmad, Vice President Lubna Jarar, Secretary General Ajiz Jamali, Treasurer Yasir Mahmood, Joint Secretary Rafique Baloch, Talha Hashmi and members of the Executive Committee, criticized the content published in the Urdu daily, saying such inappropriate language was not under freedom of expression and media freedom. Neither Islam, nor the principles of journalism and media ethics allow the use of obnoxious language against any segment of society. The editorial policy of any newspaper also never includes such content. In its statement, KUJ was concerned that such unsightly content could cause chaos in society. KUJ demanded that the Sindh government ask the newspapers for an explanation and take action against it. It demands from editors and newspaper publishers to apologize from women for the matter.
In a related development, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan condemned the unethical and inappropriate use of language against women in the local Urdu daily. Newspapers should issue an unconditional apology and refrain from using such language in the future. This is the same newspaper that organized the slanderous campaign against prominent old writer Amar Jaleel.