NUJ(I) condemns squeeze on Pakistan press

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New Delhi, Nov 12 (UNI) The National Union Of Journalist (India) today condemned suppression of the Pakistan media in the wake of declaration of emergency by President Pervez Musharraf.

The NUJ(I), in a statement here, said, ''Shutting down of all private electronic media and severely curbing the newspapers to prevent them from reporting truthfully and honestly the situation prevailing in the country is something totally unacceptable, not only to the Pakistani press but also to the journalistic community anywhere in the world. For, the freedom of the press is an indivisible fundamental human right of all.'' ''The NUJ(I) and all Indian journalists stand with the media colleagues in Pakistan in their hour of trial and tribulation, and also pay tribute to their courageous and determined resistance to the dictatorial curbs imposed on them,'' it said.

They also condemned expulsion of three foreign journalists working for the British papers, the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph, for publishing an editorial using ''foul and abusive'' language in critising the declaration of emergency.

They urged General Musharraf to lift all curbs on the Pakistan press, revoke expulsion of the British journalists and allow other foreign media to report freely from the country.


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