Fata Journalists, Sunday urged the government to take appropriate measures to ensures freedom of press and demanded immediate removal of all restriction on Media in fata , and warned if
their demands will not accepted, they will start a protest movement in the
tribal agencies. This was said by leaders of tribal journalists in the Tribal union of journalist fata central
cabinet meeting. President TUJ Fata, Safdar Hayat Dawar presided over the meeting while central office bearers of TUJ all executive members and senior Journalists were attended the meeting.
Participants of the meeting deliberated on the issue tribal journalists are facing in the fata
saying that in uncertain and Unsuitable situation it is very difficult for journalists to discharge their professional duties.
They were view that journalists working in tribal areas are facing multi-faceted
Challenges like no access to information, so many restriction and pressure from the
Administration, and due to these hurdles the journalist community in fata have badly suffered.
“Despitethe hurdles, problems and challenges, tribal journalists committed to their profession and they always performed their professional duties with great integrity and honesty,” the speakers said.
one side the government claiming free media in the tribal area but in fact no step has been taken by the government for the freedom of media in the tribal area as result the hurdles and problems of the
tribal journalist have been increased said Safdar Hayat Dawar . Safdar Dawar said that fata reforms and extended of political parties to fata by the present federal government was a good step, “Butunfortunately no single words was add in fata reforms about on press freedom, while the
tribal journalist are plying a front line role in the war on terror for the national interest and so for 12 tribal journalist have been killed in the line of duty .The speakers said that free press and access to
information are the basics for journalism and said that this is the time government
should immediately extend press and publication ordinance to fata, “government must provide equal rights benefits and basic facilities to the fata journalists so they will perform their professional duties without pressures and hurdles, they demanded. The participants showed deep concerned over the not paid of compensation by the federal government to the two victim journalist Mukaram khan atif and Shafiullah killed by militants some months ago. The journalist asked the media groups to extend wages
board awards to the fata journalist and said that fata journalists have the rights to get payment like other journalist. It was decided in the meeting that if the government not accepted their demands the journalist community of the entire tribal areas will began protest moment from the next month in the
whole tribal areas and during the moment the journalists will boycott the courage of all the government functions and events It was also decided that restriction faced by the Tribal journalists and nonextended of wage board awards to the fata journalists will challenge in the Peshawar high court next month and for this purpose a penal of the lawyers have been hired .