IFJ Welcomes Establishment of Press Council of Pakistan

The

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

reporting.

 

“The IFJ

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.

 

“Self-regulatory

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.

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919

 

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