Nov 14, 2006

Sindh: SAFMA Condemns Violence Against Media

Concerns have been expressed over surge in violence against journalists in Pakistan, as well as the recent ban on the transmission of a Sindhi language TV Channel.

Below is an extract from an article published in the Pak Tribune:

Karachi: The South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) Sindh chapter, expressing concern over surge in violence against journalists in the country, has strongly condemned the incidents of torture, murder and disappearance of newsmen and recent ban on the transmission of a private Sindhi language TV Channel “Sindh TV” by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PERMRA).

The general body of the association's Sindh chapter, which met here on the other day with its President Aamer Mehmood in the chair, also condemned the illegal detention of Meherdin Marri, a journalist from the interior of Sindh. Mr. Marri has recently been released by the law enforcement agencies following the protest by journalist organisations.

The meeting demanded immediate resumption of the transmission of Sindh TV.

Addressing the meeting, SAFMA Sindh President Aamer Mehmood vowed that SAFMA would launch a practical struggle for the freedom of press.

He said the body would organise different training programmes to enhance the professional skills and capabilities of the media persons.

He said that a six-month long training programme had been chalked out in this connection.

General Secretary SAFMA Sindh, Sabihuddin Ghousi, underlined the need for highlighting the media related issues effectively and said that SAFMA would make all possible efforts to raise the problems being faced by the media throughout the South Asia.

The participants of the meeting contested the government's claim regarding free press in Pakistan saying that the claim was nothing but devoid of truth.