JI senator wants consensus on journalists protection bill
By: Muhammad Anis
ISLAMABAD: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) parliamentary leader in the Senate Prof Khurshid Ahmad has written letters to the leaders of all the political parties, represented in the House asking them to reach a consensus on ‘Journalists Protection and Welfare Bill 2011’.
In the letter, Prof Khurshid said the role of media has been very important in the current scenario when journalists are rendering sacrifices, while executing their professional duties. “The legislation ensuring protection to and welfare of the journalists was of utmost important so that they can perform their duties with full mental satisfaction,” the JI parliamentarian said.
In the letter, he expressed the desire that the private member bill be passed with consensus among all the parties present in upper House of Parliament. The bill provides for establishment of a National Journalist Council, consisting of one member each from the journalists bodies, Pemra and the Information Ministry.
The journalist council will give proposals and programmes to the government for the protection of journalists during their duties and take such measures fulfilling objectives of the legislation. The bill says that the lives of reporters, cameramen, photographers and all other persons related to the print and electronic media are also as precious as the lives of the rulers of this country.
Source: The News