By Haroon Siraj
SWAT: Journalist community here at Swat Press Club on Sunday slamed government institutions for not providing Press Club grant for the last 4 years.
In the General Council meeting which was presided over by the President Swat Press Club Mahboob Ali, where the journalists community blasted the provincial government for not providing grant and facilities to Swat Press Club.
” We condemn in the strong possible words government move to pressurize media houses to expel the journalist having critical narrative against the government. Senior journalist Shahzad Alam was expelled by his media house to appease the information department of the Provincial government”, said Mahboob Ali, urging the concerned media houses to restore the journalist to continue their journalistic work.
The journalist community deplore the housing ministry for not initiating work on Swat media colony.
” The foundation stone of the colony was laid down 5 months back but the construction work and plot allotment process have not been commenced. To solve the issue the government needs to take solid and practical steps to kick off the project”, said Ghulam Farooq, Senior journalist from Swat. He asked the Chief Minster (CM) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to take personnel interest to launch the project.
Through a resolution unanimously adopted, members of Swat Press Club urged the Human Rights and Media workers organization to play their due role in compelling the provincial government to provide the right of the journalist.
” We will not bow down before any power and would continue our efforts for the freedom of expressions and free journalism”, Shahzad Alam, President Swat Electronic Media Association said. He maintained that in democratic states, freedom of expression and journalists rights are protected.
The Journalist community threatened , that if their demands were not fulfilled, they would come to the roads and streets and would launch countrywide protest for their due rights.