Journalists’ security top priority: Pervaiz
Islamabad – Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Senator Pervaiz Rashid here on Friday said safety and security of journalists is top priority of the government.
The minister was chairing the 3rd meeting of the ministerial committee constituted by the Prime Minister to address security related issues of the media houses.
He said the present government was determined to resolve all problems of working journalists including any threat to their life and property.
He said the government considers media as an important instrument for strengthening democracy and would continue to facilitate it in performance of their professional obligations. The meeting was apprised of the status of implementation on the decisions of the previous two meetings.
The minister directed the officials concerned to invite home and information secretaries from all the provinces to attend the next meeting and brief the committee on their respective implementation status.
The minister further directed additional inspector general (operations) Islamabad police for undertaking another security audit of the media houses and point out the deficiencies in connection with the internal security arrangements taken by the media houses themselves.
The minister also directed principal information officer of Press Information Department to make arrangements for holding workshop in coordination with National Press Club Islamabad, media representative bodies and Islamabad Capital Territory police to sensitise and train the media workers regarding various security measures and safety techniques to be adopted by media in face of any threat.
Irfan Siddiqui, special assistant to prime minister, was present in the meeting.
The meeting was also attended by senior officials of ministry of information and broadcasting and national heritage, Sultan Azam Temuri, Additional Inspector General (Operations) Islamabad Police, Saud Aziz, Director General NCMC, and representatives from All Pakistan Newspapers Society, Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors and Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists