Pukhtun Nama Web News
More than 150 female journalists in Pakistan have signed a joint petition urging the government to stop harassing them on social media by government officials, political parties and their social media outlets.
Most of these journalists work for television, radio or other media but some also write columns for newspapers or on social media.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has expressed concern over the harassment of journalists, religious minorities and human rights activists in Pakistan.
Tanzeela Mazhar, one of the journalists who signed the petition, told that they had made six demands of the government:
“On the one hand, political parties should develop a social media policy for their activists. On the other hand, the government should search all the accounts that are involved in the planned campaign [against women] and take action against those responsible.” There should be a transparent investigation, a special disk for online attacks on women in the FIA’s cybercrime department, and changes in the Journalist Protection Bill. ”
Sadia Kamal, deputy head of the Press Club in Islamabad, said it was “immoral” for women journalists to be targeted by political parties on social media.
“The idea of anarchy in the society is now being seen in these parties as well, especially in the People’s Party, the Muslim League-Nawaz and the Tehreek-e-Insaf.”
The female journalists said in a signed document that abusive and immoral attacks on social media had increased, affecting their work, mental state and security.
A group of 16 female journalists filed a similar petition in August, alleging harassment on social media by members of the ruling Tehreek-e-Insaf party and other political parties.