Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday announced that a media commission will be set up to ensure the safety and security of journalists working in Pakistan.
The announcement came from the PM’s meeting with Kati Marton, head of the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
“This commission will propose measures to be adopted by the government to protect journalists in the field and to ensure their well being,” quoted an official statement.
“This would be a commission comprising of media persons, public figures and government members,” it added.
PM Sharif expressed his desire to make Pakistan a journalist friendly country where the national as well as international media community feels safe, secure and respected.
The commission, he said, will also give its recommendations to effectively monitor the prosecution of crimes against journalists.
Marton appreciated the steps taken by the government for fortifying the democratic institutions.
She was also appreciative of the PM’s role in pursuing the case of slain journalist Wali Khan Babar which led to the conviction of his killers and sent a positive message to the international community about the state of rule of law in Pakistan .
Marton is widow of late US Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.