Dr Khalid assures support to bills for journalists’ protection

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Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) has assured to play its role in getting the protection of journalists passed by the National Assembly and Sindh Assembly and said that MQM will fully support these bills in both the Assemblies.

A delegation of Karachi Union of Journalists, led by General Secretary Faheem Siddiqui called on DrKhalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Convener of MuttahidaQaumiMovement, at MQM-P headquarters in Bahdurabad.

The purpose of the meeting was to seek the support of political parties for the passage of laws protecting journalists and other media workers.

The KUJ delegation included Iqbal Khattak of Reporters Without Borders and Adnan Rehmat, Amir Latif and Ghulam Mustafa of Media Freedom, a journalist organization working with KUJ on the federal and provincial protection of journalists bill.

The delegation briefed Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hassan on federal and Sindh government bills related to protection of journalists.

Siddiqui said that the bills of federal and provincial governments include recommendations of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and Karachi Union of Journalists and the bill of Sindh government is better than the bill of federal government but since there is always room for improvement.

MQM can play its role in further improving the bill if it is introduced in the National and Provincial Assemblies, he told MQM leaders, adding that the bill to protect journalists and media practitioners in Sindh was introduced in the current session of the Sindh Assembly.

It is likely that the Karachi Union of Journalists wants the MQM members of Sindh Assembly to play their role in the approval of the bill by the Assembly.

Talking to the delegation on the occasion, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said that MuttahidaQaumi Movement the MQM will not only support all such bills but also make recommendations to the National Assembly and the Sindh Assembly for further improvement.