Mandi Bahauddin (Sher Gondal) : President Press Club Zaheer Khan has said that Press Club next elections for new executive body will be held in June next year. He said to curb menace of yellow journalism; membership would be given to applicants on merit after properly making their assessment from all angles.
On a question he said a group of senior journalists founded the press club in a building part of TMA premises, provided by district administration. The group elected him president about five years back and since then he had been doing as president. He said he with his colleagues had been working with dedication. With cooperation and financial aid of TMA, local administration and political personalities, the building had been renovated and furnished and it now gives an impressive look.
He gives full time to the club and arranges press conferences of politicians and government officers. Besides, protest rallies by public are held in front of press club and press club members give full coverage to such demonstration to raise their voice.
On another questions he said there were plenty of so called news reporter and among them many were fake. Some businessmen and property dealers with desire to show their importance gather these so called reporters on dinner or lunch and declare them president of the press club or electronic media news reporters association.
After completion of this fake formality they start their efforts to occupy the press club building. He said during last election a business man formed a separate group and after claiming himself as president press club he attempted to eject his group from the club building. When he did not succeed in his designs, he announced to merge with their press club.
He said recently a new group has emerged, leveling different allegations against him. He said press club is open to every journalist but he will not allow entry to fake news reporters who blackmail public under the cover journalism.