World Press Freedom Day: Media & Good Governance
KARACHI, May 03, 2005: Political leaders, media experts and senior journalists felt that to attain the objective of good governance, print and electronic media should join hands for ensuring freedom of expression and access to information.
This was a general opinion of the speakers in the discussion organized by Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in memory of the late Muazzam Ali, a veteran journalist and founder chairman of PPI news agency, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day here on May 2 at a local hotel. “Media and good governance” was the theme of this year press freedom day celebration.
Speaking to participants former federal minister for information Javed Jabbar said there was still a great deal of information that never reached people. He Said private TV channels should contribute towards good governance and bringing to forth people’s grievances.
Secretary General of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) Dr Jabbar Khattak said that media, especially some newspapers and working journalists, had offered great sacrifices in the past due to which freedom of expression and access to information had been restored to a great extent these days. “Media has played its role in promoting good governance in Pakistan, but there is still a lot to be done to achieve the desired level of good governance and transparency,” he observed.
The participants lauded services rendered by the late journalist Muzzam Ali for the freedom of expression.
MMA leader and Naib Amir of Jamaat-i-Islami Senator Prof Ghafoor Ahmed said that print media, which had played an important role in the creation of Pakistan, should perform its responsibilities in protecting the country and its institutions as per the expectations of its people.
Describing Muazzam Ali as a sincere and patriot Pakistani, he said that during a meeting before Dhaka fall, he had urged JI leaders to play their role in preventing dismemberment of Pakistan.
PPI Chairman Owais Aslam Ali, Fazl Qureishi, Qutubuddin Aziz, Abdur Rahim Mausavi and others paid tributes to Muazzam Ali for his contribution towards journalism, Islamic banking and Islamic art.