Pakistan journalists protest outside Parliament House against govt’s plan to bulldoze PMDA
Islamabad: The journalist fraternity in Pakistan on Sunday began a sit-in outside the Parliament House here to demonstrate against the government’s plan to bulldoze the Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) legislation through a joint sitting of parliament.
The protesting journalists marched from the National Press Club and reached outside the Parliament House where they planned to stay overnight, as they said the sit-in would continue till President Dr Arif Alvi’s address to the joint session of parliament, which is scheduled to assemble at 4pm on Monday (today), Dawn News reported on Sunday.
During the demonstration, senior journalists, who were representing various associations of media workers, vowed to resist the government move to enforce the PMDA, terming it an effort to gag the press.
Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) general secretary Nasir Zaidi in his speech said the journalist community had rejected the proposed PMDA because it was meant to stifle the voice of the media.