Bilawal vows to stand by women journalists against harassment

By: News Desk      Published: 02:01 AM, 19 Aug, 2020
Bilawal vows to stand by women journalists against harassment

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has praised women journalists for raising voice against harassment.

Raising voice against harassment is a difficult job in Pakistan but women journalists have shown great courage, he said while addressing an NA body on human rights.

Bilawal, who heads the National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights, vowed to stand by women journalists fighting for justice.

Harassment will also be discussed with political parties and recorded statements will be pursued, he said, adding that officials of Information Ministry and ISPR will also be called.

The PPP chairperson said the party would approach court if it is unable to bring to book culprits.

“Our religion and culture teaches us to protect women. Our responsibility is to stand by women journalists,” he said.

Bilawal also read out the joint statement by the women journalists and commentators, wherein they had called to attention what they termed was a "well-defined and coordinated campaign", in which the "personal details of women journalists and analysts have been made public".

 Pledge to punish culprits

 Promising action against the culprits, Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari said women journalists should provide proof of alleged harassment.

The minister said she and her daughter are too victim of such acts. She said all political parties must take steps in this regard and that the PTI was ready to do so.

A few days ago, a group of women journalists sought protection against what they termed "vicious attacks" through social media, allegedly by people linked to the ruling PTI government.