Journalists call for security, better working conditions -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Journalists call for security, better working conditions

LAHORE: Journalists and other media practitioners assembled under the banner of a consulting firm Individualland as part of its initiative Free, Independent Responsible Media (FIRM) and discussed the problems being faced by the journalists.

The speakers at the meeting observed that the media persons, especially the field reporters, are under tremendous pressure – not only from media stakeholders, like advertisers and owners, but some other segments of society have also joined hands to muffle the voice of the journalists.

A 27-strong group of reporters, from various print and electronic organisations of the city, called upon the owners and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to take concrete steps for improvement of the working conditions of the journalists, and acknowledge the risks that field crew takes in the line of their duty. The journalists also demanded a comprehensive insurance package that should cover their own selves and their families. While discussing the role of media in the emerging security environment, the participants demanded the government take cognisance of the situation.

It was noted that the reckless competition among broadcasters and a vicious race for breaking news has compromised the professional standards and has given rise to immature and substandard reporting. The workshop recommended that the electronic media personnel should go under an intense training regime so they could incorporate the high professional standards in their reporting.

Source: Daily Times
Date:4/22/2011