International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Pakistan Federal Union of
Journalists (PFUJ) in welcoming the establishment of the Press Council of
Pakistan as a step toward improving quality and accountability in journalism.
The council, which was officially established with the Press Council
Ordinance in 2002 is now active, having held its first meeting on November 1. The
long delay in activating the press council has been attributed to a lack of
political will on the part of the Pakistan Federal Government.
The press council is chaired by
former Lahore High Court Judge Raja Mohammad Shafqat Khan Abbasi. The PFUJ, the
All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), and Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) have each nominated four
representatives to the Press Council.
The vice-chairman of the Pakistan
Bar Council, the Higher Education Commission, the Leader of the House and Leader
of the Opposition in the National Assembly, and the National Commission on the
Status of Women have each nominated one member. The council will also appoint a
media expert to verify complaints about media conduct and conduct research and
welcomes the establishment of the Press Council of Pakistan, and is encouraged
by the prominent role the PFUJ will play in promoting and defending quality
journalism,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director
Jacqueline Park said.
models incorporating journalists’ representative bodies are recognised
internationally as best practice when establishing media councils, and ensure
ethics and press freedom remain central to the council’s work.”
PFUJ President Pervaiz Shaukat and Secretary General
Amin Yousuf said the long-awaited establishment of the Press Council of
Pakistan would help ensure press freedom and adherence to journalistic ethics.
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