CPNE denounces press advice practice
Karachi,January 17,2005:The Standing Committee session of Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE) held here at a local hotel presided over by its, President Arif Nizami reiterated is resolve of playing its role for the promotion of free and fair journalism in the society.
The resolution passed at the session stated that although creating sensational affect regarding any incident was an irresponsible attitude, however, reporting of the facts was the right of newspapers coupled with the core element of the professional responsibilities of the editor.
Standing Committee through its resolution expressed concern over the issue under which the reports regarding tragic incidents occurred in Gilgit and Sui (Baluchistan) were tried to be halted through press advice from government and ads of the papers not abiding by the press advice were suspended.
CPNE Standing Committee condemning the Press Advice practice said in the resolution that editors of Pakistan Newspapers were part of a responsible press and well aware of their professional duties concerning public interest.
Press Advice practice create an affect of the undue intervention of government in the affairs of the fourth pillar of the state that should be avoided, resolution added.
The freedom of press being considered vital for the stability of the democratic norms, it was demanded that the policy of avenging activities against newspapers particularly suspension of ads should be stopped forthwith in case of not following the government’s directions regarding publishing of news, display and editorials, The session also discussed the necessary arrangements for the establishment of Media Complaint Commission and CPNE Secretariat was directed to progress the proceedings in this concern.
The session appreciated the establishment of Press Freedom Monitoring Desk under CPNE and it was hoped that this desk would be helpful in the promotion of press freedom in future.
Vice President CPNE Shaheen Qureshi (DailyPakistan Times Islarnabad),Secretary General Jabbar Khatak (Daily Awami Awaz Karachi), Joint Secretary Abdul Rashid Ghazi (Daily BusinessReport), Finance Secretary Mehtab Khan (Daily Ausaf Islamabad), Mumtaz Tahir (Daily Aftab Lahore), Nargis Naloch (Daily Intekhab Karachi), Wasim Ahmed (daily Awam Quetta), Wamiq Zuberi (Business Recorder Karachi), Tahir Najmi (Express Karachi), Qazi Asad Abid (Daily Ibrat Hyderabad), Muzaffar Ejaz (Daily Jasarat Karachi), Shareef Faruq (Daily Jihad Peshawar), Syed Sajjad Hussain Shah (Daily Kainat), Javed Mahar Shamsi (Daily Claim Sukkur), Amir Mehmud (Monthly Kiran Karachi), Inquilab Matri (Millat Karachi), Mushtaq Ahmed Qureshi (Nacy Ufaq), Sajjad Mir (Nawa-e-Waqt arachi),Abdul Khaliq (Online), Qutubuddin (Daily Pakistan Lahore),Syed Mohammad Munir Jillani (Daily Peegham Faisalabad), Owais Aslam Ali (PPI News Agency), and many others were present.
Source: Daily Times