Need stressed to preserve press freedom
KARACHI- Speakers at a seminar, underlined the imperative need for “free, responsible, objective, constructive and bold press” in the country.
Speaking at a seminar on “Freedom of the Press in Pakistan,” organized by the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in Karachi, to commemorate World Press Freedom Day, the speakers acknowledged that press in the country was now enjoying more freedom than before, they felt it should be preserved.
Mahmudul Aziz, Vice President, Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), stressed the need for press freedom, which he felt should be in an objective and constructive manner.
He said that press in the country has been struggling for its freedom. He called for regulatory law for the press, setting up of Press Council and freedom of access to information.
Journalist Sajjad Mir stated that very few newspapers in the country had implemented the Wage Board Award for journalists and employees. He underscored the importance of press freedom and strengthening the institution of professional editors of newspapers.
The chairperson of the Mass Communications Department, Karachi University, Shahida Qazi, observed that freedom of press must be preserved.
Fazal Qureshi, Vice Chairman, PPF noted that press in the country was now enjoying more freedom. Abdul Hamid Chappra of All Pakistan Newspapers Employees Confederation (APNEC) also spoke.