Govt to pro­vide se­cu­rity, in­sur­ance, risk cov­er­age to me­dia per­sons

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - APP

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.

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