Bill for journalists’ safety to be tabled in NA early next year: Marriyum

Karachi—Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb Friday said that legislative process for the security and safety of journalists was underway and a bill to this effect would be tabled in the Parliament early next year in consultation with CPNE and other stakeholders.
Talking to the office-bearers and members of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) at the CPNE head-office here, she underlined the need for joint efforts for a democratic and stable Pakistan. CPNE President Zia Shahid, Secretary General Ijaz-ul-Haq and other office-bearers and members were present in the meeting.
She said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) government believed in media freedom, but journalism with responsibility was need of the hour.
The minister said print media had played an important role for democracy and democratic norms.
Marriyum Aurangzeb informed that the Academy of Information Ministry was being activated for offering training to journalists at the government-level. The first model for the training of
journalists was under preparation, she added.
She said that the government wanted to strengthen institutions, adding that the role of media was vital in the development of a civilised society. The minister stressed that editorial committees needed to be activated in the electronic media. She said strengthening of press clubs across the country was among the government’s priorities. —APP

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