DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur has assured the working journalists of Dera Ismail Khan that their membership issue in the press club will be resolved soon.
The action committee of working journalists in DI Khan was holding protests against the press club administration for the last four months against non-acceptance of their demands. The action committee representatives met the federal minister at his residence on Monday during which issues of membership and other matters were discussed in detail.
Ali Amin Gandapur told the visiting delegation that he has talked to the administration of the press club. He said a particular political party was running the affairs of the press club previously, but that has come to an end now. He said now the doors of the press club will be opened for the real professional journalists. He also assured that other problems of young journalists and digital journalists will be resolve don priority basis.
The action committee members said they will continue protest till the resolution of the membership issue. They said they will also boycott coverage of those political leaders who support a particular group in the press club. The action committee members said they hold Master’s degree in Journalism and also have professional experience, but the press club administration was not willing to give them membership. They said they have been kept deprived of the membership and other facilities in the press club which is unjust. They alleged that a certain group has taken over the press club who are even not professional journalists.
Mr Gandapur said DI Khan is the biggest city for journalists after Peshawar where hundreds of professional journalists are performing their duties. He said it is the responsibility of the government to take care of the journalist community. He said the federal and provincial governments will protect the rights of journalists and all the issues, particularly the membership issue, will be resolved.
The action committee members said the protest will not end until the last five years audit of the press club affairs was conducted. They said that some vested interests were protecting the existing leadership of DI Khan Press Club to hide their own inefficiencies.