'Government preparing code of conduct for media' -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

Paksitan Press Foundtion

‘Government preparing code of conduct for media’

KARACHI – The government is preparing a code of conduct for the media as it believes in freedom of expression but that does not mean it could be misused, PPP Central Information Secretary Fauzia Wahab said on Wednesday.

Speaking at a press conference in the PPP Media Cell, she complained that baseless stories about President Asif Ali Zardari were still being carried by the media.

“Political opponents, after their failure in damaging the government and democracy through different tactics, have come forward with the old tactics of trying to defame our leaders,” she added.

Wahab said the president is not only the head of the state but also the supreme commander of armed forces.

A journalist who has travelled world over at government expenses has run a story that the president hired security guards from abroad, she said, adding that it was an attempt to defame the Pakistan Army and our institutions.

The PPP information secretary said that expressing no0confidence over the country’s own security personnel in the aftermath of the assassination of Salmaan Taseer is also an attempt to malign the reputation of the country.

She also advised the opponents of PPP to criticise the party but not to harm matters pertaining to national security and identity.
Source: Pakistan Today
Date:1/20/2011