KARACHI: A Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ) delegation called on Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah in the Sindh Assembly on Thursday. President KUJ Nizamuddin Siddiqui , General Secretary Fahim Siddiqui, Senior Vice President Aijaz Sheikh and former General Secretary Ahmad Khan Malik included in the delegation.
Provincial Minister was assisted by Secretary Information Rafiq Ahmed Buriro, Director Admin Azeem Shah and Director Press Information Aziz Hakro. The meeting discussed Sindh Journalists’ Protection Bill and problems faced by journalists. The delegation presented its suggestions for incorporating in the Sindh Journalists Bill.
The Minister Information Syed Nasir Hussain Shah told the delegation that on the directives of PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Sindh government was working on the universal program of welfare of journalists. He said that new legislation was under process for the welfare and protection of journalists.
The Minister added : he wanted that the Sindh Journalists Protection Bill to be introduced in the ongoing session of the Sindh Assembly so that it could become law as soon as possible. Besides, Endowment fund is also being established for betterment of journalists, and its draft has been approved by Sindh Chief Minister which would be presented in Sindh cabinet.
Syed Nasir Hussain Shah has directed Secretary Information to incorporate the recommendations of KUJ in the bill so as to make it a comprehensive law. Syed Nasir Hussain Shah advised KUJ delegations to register its members with Sindh Labour department, so that media workers could also avail facilities on the line of workers of industries. Minister Information assured the delegation that process accreditation cards would be made simple.
Earlier, on behalf of KUJ, General Secretary Faheem Siddiqui appreciated the Sindh Government’s Journalists Protection Bill and said that it was the best effort so far in the government’s initiatives for the welfare of journalists. He told that KUJ has studied Journalists Welfare and Protection Bill 2016 enacted at the federal level during the Nawaz Sharif era, and the current government’s Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals Bill 2020 and found Sindh Journalists Protection Bill much better.
Faheem Siddiqui also raised issue of accreditation cards and other issues faced by working journalists and presented proposal in this regard. Former General Secretary Ahmed Khan Malik added that all the representatives unions of journalists are given representation in Provincial Accreditation Committee which is commendable step of Sindh Government.