The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists is calling for nationwide protests to take place on Tuesday, October 9. The protests are being called over a perceived tightened government grip on the media, censorship, and non-payment of salaries. As of October 2, no details have yet been released regarding protest times and locations. Clashes between protesters and the security forces cannot be excluded on the day.
Protests in favor of the freedom of the press are not uncommon in Pakistan. The military crackdown on independent and anti-government press intensified in the run-up to the July 2018 general elections.
Individuals in Pakistan are advised to avoid all demonstrations due to the risk of violence.
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