LANDIKOTAL, 15 October: Tribal Union of Journalists Khyber Agency chapter staged a protest demonstration for the protection of their colleagues and free press here in Lndikotal bazaar on Thursday.
The members of TU held a rally in Landikotal bazaar and raised slogans in favor of free media and freespeech in FATA. They asked the political administration Khyber and security apparatus to stop conducting illegal raids on the houses of tribal journalists, otherwise they would be forced to extend their protest movement to the rest of Pakistan.
Earlier last week the personnel of Frontier Corps picked up Rahat Shinwari , a tribal journalist from his house in Khogakhel area of Landikotal. Within twenty four hours of his arrest, he was released by the captors.
Abdul Azam, a protesting journalist said that local administration was intimating journalists in Torkham like international town and try to restrict freedom of press but ” we are telling them through this protest that media cannot be gauged anywhere in Pakistan.
Another journalist said “it is very disappointing that despite security situation has improved in FATA, the local administration is threatening and harassing journalists.
A couple of days back, TUJ Khyber Agency had announced to launch a series of protest against the insecurity and threats faced by tribal journalists in the agency.