National conference on media ethics begins on Thursday
ISLAMABAD: A two-day National Conference on Media ethics, theory and practices would commence here at a local hotel on Thursday aiming at to provide a platform to brilliance of Pakistan to exchange their views for strengthening freedom of press.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira will chair the inaugural session on Thursday. The theme of the conference would be to discuss role of media in strengthening democracy. The role of Mass Communication Department of universities/ colleges, role of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), Journalist unions, Role of Press Council, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) and civil society in media ethics and laws.
The question of implementation of media ethics and responsibilities of owners would also be discussed.Chairman Press Council of Pakistan Raja Shafqat Abbasi, Secretary Information Taimur Azmat Usman, Chief Editor Daily Nawa-e-Waqt Majeed Nizami, and Chief Executive Dawn Group Hameed Haroon, eminent journalists will address the occasion.
The second day session will be chaired by Chief Editor Nawa-e-Waqt Majeed Nizami and Editor Daily Express Tribune Ziauddin. Concluding session would be addressed by Chairman Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bukhari on Friday.
Talking to APP, Chairman Pakistan Press Council Raja Shafqat Abbasi said the effort to brainstorm journalist community had been lacking to cover various newly-emerged issues like terrorism, conflict, security, media literacy, social issues and online social media.
He said there had been wide gap between theory and practices and the conference would deliberate as how to update the curriculum in accordance with modern trends to teach the students about new issues.
Talking about working of the Council, he said the PCP was expanding its network at local and international levels by establishing linkages with various organizations for collaboration and experience-sharing.
He said the PCP was in touch with Press Councils of SAARC, Commonwealth countries and World Association of Press Councils to establish a working collaboration with them and learn from their experiences.Abbasi said the Council would not only address the complaints received from the public against media rather it has been mandated to also resolve issues confronting the media men.