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Controversy Surrounds Muzaffarabad Press Club Management in AJK

NewsMuzaffarabad News, Politics and UpdatesControversy Surrounds Muzaffarabad Press Club Management in AJK

Muzaffarabad (Azadi Times): The High Court of Azad Kashmir has suspended the administration of the historic Central Press Club Muzaffarabad Jammu and Kashmir State in response to a petition filed by government employees of Pakistan’s official news agencies, APP and PTV.

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The decision comes after the High Court intervened in the aftermath of elections held last December for the central council of the Muzaffarabad Press Club, which is considered one of the most reputable journalistic institutions on both sides of the Line of Control.

Employees of APP and government TV channels in Muzaffarabad have demanded representation in the Press Club’s membership and voting rights. They argue that they should be recognized as members and given the right to vote in the Press Club elections.

This move follows a similar action taken two years ago when the administration of the Press Club in Srinagar was suspended after a controversy erupted. It marks the first time that the highest judiciary has taken notice of internal matters of a journalistic institution in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Previously, the High Court of Azad Kashmir had also removed Sardar Tanveer Elias, the Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir, from his position. This recent decision to suspend the Press Club administration adds to the ongoing debate regarding freedom of the press and the autonomy of journalistic institutions in the region.

Critics argue that such interventions undermine the principles of press freedom and democratic governance. They view the suspension of the Press Club administration as another blow to the autonomy and independence of media outlets in Muzaffarabad.

The controversy surrounding the management of the Press Club reflects broader concerns about the state of journalism and freedom of expression in the region, raising questions about the extent to which press institutions can operate independently in the name of freedom.

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