Dec 2 -07 some updates
Eqbal Ahmad Distinguished Lecture Series presents David
Barsamian, "What we say goes - America & the World", Tue, 04 Dec
2007, 4pm, Karachi Arts Council Auditorium - Eqbal Ahmad Foundation
in collaboration with Badalti Dunya magazine -
(David Barsamian is also speaking today Sunday at 6.30 pm at T2F)
1. "Express solidarity with Pakistan lawyers" documentary on
YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqEJJOniLu4
2. Excellent Special Report on lawyers, The News on Sunday -
3. MEDIA: Yasir Husain's report on FM 103's street protest -
4. Capital suggestion - Don't boycott, unite - Dr Farrukh Saleem -
5. PFUJ condemns Registration of FIR against journalists' bodies
(press release, text below)
6. US Human Rights Activists Stage 24-Hour Vigil at the Home of
Prominent Pakistani Lawyer, Aitzaz Ahsan (press release, text below)
7. WAF gathering in Lahore, Dec 3 (invite details below)
8. WE ARE NOT FREE: The Future of the Media in Pakistan Open
Society Institute seminar in New York, Dec 5
1. PFUJ Condemns Registration of FIR
RAWALPINDI [Dec. 01]: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists
[PFUJ] strongly condemns the registration of FIR against the PFUJ and
the Rawalpindi/Islamabad Union of Journalists [RIUJ] by the
government, which it believes is aimed at putting more fetters on the
journalists bodies, engaged in struggle for freedom of the media and
rule of law in the country.
Condemnation came in a resolution adoped at a meeting of the Federal
Executive Council [FEC] of the PFUJ, now in session at Rawalpindi
Islamabad Press Club, after examining contents of the FIR lodged at
Abpara Police Station in Islamabad. The PFUJ emphatically declared
that it or any of its affiliated unions have nothing to do with the
allegedly slanderous and derogatory pamphlet, allegedly distributed
during its protest camp in Islamabad on November 14, which according
to the FIR became a reason for the registration of the case.
The FEC meeting, being chaired by the PFUJ President Mr. Huma Ali,
and attended by the FEC members and officer bearers of its affiliated
unions from across the country, declared that registration of the
case against PFUJ and RIUJ reflects malafide on part of the
government to ban the organization and for further crack down on
media. The meeting demanded immediate withdrawal of the case and
warned the government that failure to do so will effect the ongoing
process of dialogue between the PFUJ and government.
The PFUJ reaffirms its resolve to continue its struggle for the media
freedom and economic rights of the people employed in media industry
in Pakistan. The FEC also warned that government will be held
responsible for the consequences, if any action is taken against the
PFUJ or any of its UJ or member of the journalists bodies.
THe FEC also appealed to the APNS and CPNE and IFJ and other
internalists journalists bodies to take notice the government's
continued onslaught against the journalist community and their
respresentative bodies in Pakistan.
Secretary General, PFUJ
2. Press Release - US Human Rights Activists Stage 24-Hour Vigil at
the Home of Prominent Pakistani Lawyer, Aitzaz Ahsan, Who is Under
When: 12 noon, December 2 until 12 noon, December 3
Where: 5 Zaman Park, Lahore
Contact in Pakistan: 0308-204-2346
Medea Benjamin and Tighe Barry, members of the U.S. human rights
group Global Exchange and the women¹s peace group CODEPINK, came to
Pakistan to learn about the political situation since emergency rule
was declared on November 3. One of the people they are most anxious
to meet with is prominent lawyer/politician Aitzaz Ahsan, who was
jailed by the Musharraf government from November 3 to 25, when he was
then placed under house arrest.
Pakistan government representatives in the US have said that the
lawyers arrested under the emergency law have been released. But when
the visiting human rights activists tried to meet with Aitzaz Ahsan
on December 1, they discovered that his home is still designated a
³sub jail² and he remains hostage in his own home, unable to go out
or to receive visitors. For that reason the U.S. activists decided to
stage a vigil outside his home.
"Pervez Musharrah is telling the world that he is committed to
democracy. So it is outrageous that the head of the nation¹s Supreme
Court Bar Association, Aitzaz Ahsan, remains under house arrest,"
said Tighe Barry.
"We have come a long way to meet this man who we have heard is one of
the great heroes of the struggle for democracy in Pakistan," said
Medea Benjamin. "We will sit patiently in front of his door and sleep
overnight in front of his door, asking his jailers to allow us in."
3. WAF gathering in Lahore, Dec 3
To sustain the momentum of the movement, WAF is organizing its next
event on 3rd December at 3pm. This will be a gathering of people
(women, men, students, lawyers, political parties etc) in which the
participants will sit in circles, for a session of songs, poems,
skits etc. Our focus will be on the restoration of the judiciary.
Venue: Lawrence Garden, Baghi-Jinnah behind Quaid-e-Azam Library
Date: 3rd December 2007 (Monday)
Time: 3:00 p.m
You are cordially invited to come and participate in the event
Neelam Hussain- 0300-4800360
Naila Naz- 0300-4536313
4. The Open Society Institute seminar in New York: WE ARE NOT FREE:
The Future of the Media in Pakistan
The independent Pakistani media have played a key role in reporting
and resisting the ongoing crackdown against civil society in Pakistan
and in so doing, have become targets of the crackdown themselves.
With key journalists gagged, others beaten and arrested, independent
broadcasters banned from the airwaves, and censorship under the guise
of a new "code of conduct", press freedom is under attack. The Open
Society Institute presents Kiran Khalid's new documentary short on
media freedom in Pakistan, updated with new interviews since the
imposition of martial law on November 3rd. The screening (15 minutes)
will be followed by a panel discussion on press freedom and the
current crisis in Pakistan.
Speakers include KIRAN KHALID, SAMI ABRAHIM, BOB DIETZ, AHMED RASHID
(by videoconference from Washington, DC) and TALAT HUSSAIN (by phone
from Pakistan, to be confirmed)
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5TH, 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
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