Press Council Ordinance: Government circulates proposed amendments
KARACHI- The amendments made in the draft of the Press Council of Pakistan Ordinance of 2002 have been circulated by the Government of Pakistan to the provinces, as also to the newspaper editors’ body, Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE).
The amendments relate to the Ethical Code of Practice as laid down in the draft ordinance which shall be followed by the newspapers and periodicals.
The amendments lay down that the press shall avoid printing, publishing or disseminating any material, which may bring into contempt Pakistan or its people or tends to undermine its sovereignty or integrity as an independent country.
The other amendment in the draft relates to the declaration by the printer, publisher and news agency where the declaration shall be accompanied by an undertaking to abide by the Ethical Code of Practice as contained in the ordinance.
Another amendment lays down that the District Co-ordination Officer may not authorise a declaration if it has been filed by a person who was convicted of an offence involving moral turpitude or any other criminal offence or has been a defaulter of public dues.
Source: Business Recorder