Press Council Pakistan emphasizes pursuing media code of conduct
LAHORE: Raja Shafqat Khan Abbasi, Chairman Press Council of Pakistan on Friday underscored the need for acting upon media code of ethics. “Ethics for journalists are very much there and impression against its non-existence is unrealistic,” he added.
Talking to media persons at the Council’s newly established regional office at Aiwan-e-Iqbal he said the code of conduct 2002 was the outcome of untiring efforts of APNS, CPNE, PFUJ and other concerned bodies. To create awareness among masses, he said, the PCP was holding seminars, symposia and dialogues where owners of media houses, representatives of journalists bodies, civil societies, bars associations are delivering special lectures on the issue.
Answering a question, Raja Shafqat said the Council had already constituted an inquiry commission committee on journalists’ code of conduct issue. He said, since fixation of code of ethics for journalists was a mandate of the council, it would thrash all aspects and become a party in the case.
He said media laws should not be abolished rather necessary amendments should be introduced to it. “People have the right to approach courts for justice to their grievances and they cannot be deprived of their genuine right,” he added. The PCP chief said that access to information law was implemented at federal level and now on their request governments in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were introducing laws in this regard. He demanded of the government to enhance the PCP’s grant in aid up to a maximum level.