Journalists staged nationwide demonstrations on Tuesday, July 16, to denounce perceived press censorship by the country's security services and other budget issues. The so-called "Day of Protests" gatherings, led by the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, comes as union leaders allege the military is pressuring media outlets to silence critics and reduce staff via a reduction in government advertisement.
Organizers have pledged to stage similar demonstrations in the coming weeks, although further details were not immediately made available. A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions are to be expected near all gatherings.
Individuals in Pakistan are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, anticipate transportation and commercial disruptions, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, and refrain from discussing sensitive topics in public or on social media.
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