PCP asks political parties to sign joint declaration to uphold press freedom for media coverage during elections

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Press Council of Pakistan (PCP) has asked political parties contesting upcoming polls to sign a joint declaration to uphold Press Freedom and not to interfere in impartial and transparent media coverage during elections.

This was stated by Chairman PCP, Raja Shafqat Abbasi while presiding over a seminar organized by High Court Bar Association Rawalpindi in collaboration with PCP on “ Role of Media & Bar in upcoming Elections, 2013” today at within the premises of High Court Bar Association Rawalpindi(HCBAR).

He said all political parties should support free functioning of the press during elections as it would also be a litmus test for media performance while covering this national event.

He said to promote standards of  ethical practice PCP has published its approved media guide lines after due consultation with all media stake holders.PCP has further translated 15 points media guide lines in five languages to be circulated among media persons across Pakistan, he added.

He further stated that “ With Elections just few weeks away, we as a Nation marking a new beginning of a new Pakistan where Political Parties have a greater role in defining Political destiny by selecting care taker setup in the four provinces and at the center”.

He applauded the role of Pakistan Bar Council in upholding press freedom by signing MoU with press council of Pakistan.

Addressing the gathering president, HCBAR, Taufeeq Asif said that press and bar have always served the cause of democracy in Pakistan and both will continue to do so in strengthening democracy in future.

President PFUJ, Pervaiz Shaukat asked the bar and media to cleanse their ranks of opportunists because both institutions are sacred and have a due role in developing a strong democratic Pakistan.

Sardar Khan Niazi of daily Pakistan praised PCP efforts in protecting freedom of expression and asked it to ensure implementation of freedom of information laws in all four Provinces to improve people’s access to public information.

Wadood Qureshi Resident editor of daily khabrain criticized the role of some NGO’s, who under guise of doing service to free media are actually forwarding their own agenda of interest. He advised PCP to stay away from such opportunistic designs of certain quarter.

Among the notables who addressed the gathering include former president HCBAR, Mr. Ikram Ch, senior lawyer   Mr. Abeer Wahab-ul-Khari, Mr. Siddique Alvi, Raja Ameer Akbar, Miss. Batool , Mr. Faisal Khan Niazi and Ch. Masood.

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