Govt constitutes committee to remove ambiguities in code of conduct for media

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Government has constituted a six-member committee headed by Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui to remove ambiguities in the code of conduct for media and devise an effective implementation mechanism.

This was said by Irfan Siddiqui in a message read at a conference on “Removal of Ambiguities in Code of Conduct of Electronic Media and Devising an Effective Implementation Mechanism” organised by Punjab University (PU) Institute of Mass Communication on Wednesday.

Addressing on the occasion, Information and Broadcasting Additional Secretary Muhammad Azam said the media should evolve a self-regulatory mechanism and follow the code of conduct.

He said the government was fully committed to ensure freedom of media in accordance with the Constitution and would consult all the stakeholders to form the code of conduct as the PEMRA was already working in this regard.

PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran said the owners of media houses should evolve a policy keeping in view national interest. He urged the reporters to file balanced reports after thorough investigation.

I A Rehman said media should maintain its freedom. He stressed the need for providing proper training to journalists to perform their duty with responsibility.

Dr Mehdi Hassan said the code of conduct should be prepared by working journalists. Media should neither follow any agenda nor set any agenda, he added. The participants of the conference gave comprehensive suggestions for an effective mechanism to implement the code of conduct.

They opined that journalists should report news stories accurately after verifying them. Information must not be biased, misleading or false, he added. Punjab Additional Attorney General Naseer Ahmad Bhutta, PEMRA members, prominent journalists, teachers and students attended the conference.