PCP approves draft code for election coverage ethics

Islamabad: Press Council of Pakistan here Friday approved a draft code of ethics for election coverage of the forth coming election.

The fourth council meeting of the Press Council of Pakistan was held under the Chairmanship of, Raja Shafqat Abbasi at Press Council of Pakistan Secretariat.

The members who attended the meeting include Nasir Zaidi (PFUJ), Iqbal Jafri (PFUJ), Wamiq A. Zuberi(APNS) , Bachal Laghari (PFUJ), Nasreen Aslam Azher (Nation Commission on the status of women), MNA Yasmeen-ur-Rehman and Ayesha Ikram from Higher Education Commission (HEC).

The Council approved the names of the heads of the inquiry commission.
Asma Jehangir was made Head of Inquiry Commission, Punjab; Justice Ali Aslam Jaffri, Head of the Inquiry Commission, Sindh; Justice G.N. Kohli, Head of the Commision, Balochistan; Justice Fazal-i-Haq Abbasi, Head of the Commission, KPK, and Justice Tariq Mehmood, Head of the Commission, Islamabad.

The council also considered nomination of APNS and suggested Sadiq Baloch may be replaced by some other suitable nominee as Sadiq Baloch is already member of the inquiry committee and appellate committee of the PCP.

The council approved draft code of ethics for election coverage of the forth coming election which will be sent to all newspapers, news agencies, election commission, APNS, CPNE, PFUJ, RIJU, press clubs, media houses, stakeholders and civil society.

The council also approved a three-member “fact finding committee”, comprising Senator (R) Syed Fasih Iqbal, Editor-in-Chief of Daily Zamana and The Balochistan Times Quetta, Bachal Laghari, Bureau Chief Daily Mehran and Salim Shahid, President Quetta Press Club, to assess the scale of violence committed against journalists’ community in Balochistan. The committee will soon go to Balochistan on a fact finding mission.

PCP urged the Finance Division to expedite the matter of the supplementary grants as soon as possible due to which PCP feels handicapped while undertaking its operation.

While taking up complaints, PCP reviewed suo-moto notices pertaining to attacks/threats on the media freedom in various part of the country. The council endorsed the steps taken in this regard.

The council reviewed the minutes of appointment committee held on October 11, 2012 and case filed in Islamabad high court. It also reviewed the pending complaint and after hearing the complaints/their reps and directed issues of fresh notices to the respondents for 9/1/2013.

Council also decided to constitute a new inquiry committee comprising of Lahore and Islamabad based members.

The Council approved the minutes of 3rd meeting held on August 02, 2012 at its regional office “Aiwan-e-Iqbal” Lahore.

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