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A unanimously agreed media code of conduct to be implemented: minister

Islamabad, May 08, 2014 (PPI-OT): A unanimously agreed code of conduct for media should be adopted and enforced with full consensus of all stake holders. Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for IB and NH said this in a meeting with the representatives of PBA, CPNE and APNS today.

The Minister said that the present democratic Government believes in freedom of expression and considers media as its partner in the development of the country. Minister said that non compliance of code of conduct and lacunas in the implementation mechanism has lead to the current situation and government wants to ensure that a unanimous code of conduct is formulated in consultation with all stake holders which would be owned by all media stake holders.

The Minister said that the laws should be rational taking cognizance of all relevant factors by keeping in view the considerations of all the stakeholders. In view of ever expanding growth of media industry, it is highly imperative that all the media representatives bodies should sit together along with the regulator and make joint efforts to formulate a viable code of conduct along with an effective implementation mechanism, Senator Pervaiz Rashid added.

The meeting was attended by Hamid Haroon, President, APNS, Mr. Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Shami, President, CPNE, Mian Aamir, CEO Dunya News and Executive Member PBA, Secretary, IB and NH, officials of PEMRA and Ministry of IB and NH.

The meeting observed that the code of conduct for print and electronic media needs to be examined and bring into conformity with the Article 19 of the constitution. It was also stated that uniformity and synchronization in all Rules and Code of Conduct pertaining to print, electronic, and social media should be established and discriminatory provisions must be eliminated.

The media bodies’ representatives agreed that editorial control in electronic media also need to be strengthened and the office of Ombudsman in the TV channels should be more empowered. The Minister decided that the media representative bodies should come with their recommendations in ten days and the next meeting would be held on May 19 for further deliberations. It was decided that the proposed draft then would be shared with civil society and intelligentsia before finalization.

For more information contact:
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
4th Floor, Cabinet Block, Pak. Secretariat,
Islamabad, Pakistan.
Fax: 00-92-51-9206399
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