Press Council of Pakistan to play more vibrant role
ISLAMABAD: Chairman Press Council of Pakistan and ex-lawyer Raja Shafqat Abbasi said on Wednesday that it is matter of happiness and pride for Press Council of Pakistan (PCP) to become member of the World Association of Press Councils (WAPC).
Talking to the official TV, he said we have applied for its membership in November 2011 and it is an autonomous body of 40 member countries.He said prior to granting its membership the WAPC thoroughly investigated our organization from every aspect, our links with the government and other organisations.
“Its a welcoming move for the journalist and media persons adding now our responsibilities have been increased and PCP should have to play more vibrant role after being its member” adding the member countries also paid tribute to those journalists who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom of press , he said.
Replying to a question, he said free and responsible media is the motto of PCP as our constitution provides this freedom of press to us and it is the special case with Pakistan only as compare to other countries like India who have not given this right to their public constitutionally.He added our constitution has made the press a free body. We have introduced this freedom of expression on educational and organizational levels also, he said.