CPNE body to serve security needs of media fraternity
KARACHI (PR) – The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) has constituted a defense and security committee to serve the security needs of the media community across the country.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the CPNE designated senior journalist and defense analyst Ikram Sehgal as chairman and Aamer Memood as deputy chairman of the defense and security body.
The other members of the committee are Jamil Athar Qazi (daily Jurrat), Rameeza Majid Nizami (daily Nawa-i-Waqt), Umer Mujeeb Shami (daily Pakistan), Intiman Shahid (daily Khabrain), Aijazul Haque (daily Express), Dr Jabbar Khattak (daily Awami Awaz), Hamid Hussain Abadi (daily Amn), Mehtab Khan (daily Ausaf), Zahid Malik (daily Pakistan Oberver), Sardar Khan Niazi (monthly Naya Rukh), Syed Fasih Iqbal (daily Balochistan Times), Waseem Ahmad (daily Awam), Syed Ayaz Badshah (daily Mashriq), and Abdul Wahid Yousufi (daily AaJ).
The committee shall work to find out unanimous solutions to security problems facing media groups and their employees in the present law and order situation, and in the context of providing security and peace of mind to both media houses and their employees.
The committee shall arrange security audit and risk-assessment of media houses, safety training of media personnel and expansion of access to risk awareness and necessary training of employees of media groups. It is mentioned that special desk for media emergencies of a major security company in main control room in each city will be established.
All media personnel will have special number to call whenever required to ask for help in case of emergency.
Whenever media persons have to move to any trouble area, they will inform control room about his probable destination, and the CPNE committee shall constantly re-evaluate risks and know when to back down, training and awareness of post, emergency procedures and set-up comprehensive medical insurance cover for in-hospital cases.
Source: The Nation