Govt to provide security, insurance, risk coverage to media persons
ISLAMABAD— Parliamentary Secretary for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha Tuesday said that the government was committed to provide security, insurance and risk coverage to the media houses and working journalists.
Addressing the participants of seminar “World Press Day Right to information legislation and safety of journalists” he said several steps had been taken by Information Ministry for the well being of journalist community including provision of financial assistance in case a journalist loses his life while performing his duty.
The government, he said, would take all possible steps to help the families of martyred journalists who lost their lives while performing their professional duties. He said “Pakistan is a democratic country and believes that the role of free media as watchdog is intrinsic to a democratic policy. The constitution guarantees freedom of speech and media in Pakistan is free to express its views and opinions.”
However, he said “We expect that media persons will abide by the ethics of journalism while carrying out their professional duties.” Shahnawaz Ranjha said there was a general feeling that sensationalism in media was driven by media outlets to win the race for rating. He said race between speed and accuracy was unfortunately being won by speed, which was neither healthy nor sustainable.
“This government has and will never dictate. We expect the media to abide by certain norms, national interest is supreme, information that can create chaos and anarchy in the society is in no one’s interest” he said. “Our media policy is founded on the fundamental rights enshrined in Article 9 and article 19 and 19A of the constitution” he added.