All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) holds talks with minister on Press Council
ISLAMABAD- A delegation of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society led by its President Mr Shakilur Rehman an held a meeting with the Minister for Information Mr Javed Jabbar to discuss the draft for the establishment of a Press Council in the country.
Welcoming the delegation, the information minister said that the government was committed to freedom of the press in the country. He said that both the government and the representative organizations of the newspapers industry were of the firm belief that there was a need for the establishment of Press Council in order to promote healthy journalism and preserve the freedom of the press.
Mir Shakilur Rehman in his remarks said that the APNS and the CPNE were keen to establish the Press Council at an early date, and adopt the rules governing the functioning of the Press Council at the same time. He urged that the Freedom of Information Act and the amended Registration of Printing Press and Publication Ordinance (RPPPO) should be promulgated by the government along with the Press Council Ordinance.
During the meeting it was agreed that the APNS will discuss the observations made by the information ministry on the draft ordinance, and submit its comments to the government at the earliest. The APNS also drew the attention of the minister to the hardship being faced by the advertising agencies in respect of the levy of presumptive tax on advertisements. The minister promised to take up the matter with the Ministry of Finance.
The APNS was represented by Mir Shakilur Rehrnan, Arshad Zubairi, Zia Shahid, Mujib ur Rehrnan Shami, Dr Jabbar Khattak, Jamil Athar and Mahmoodul Aziz.