PFUJ seeks say in code of conduct for media

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Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists

By: Noor Aftab

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) will stage a protest march from the Parliament House to the Prime Minister Office today (Saturday) against non-representation of the journalists associations in the committee constituted to prepare code of conduct for media.

The protest march would start from the Parliament House at 2 pm and it would culminate at the Prime Minister Office where representatives of the journalists associations would address the participants of the march.

The decision to this respect was taken at a meeting held under the chairmanship of PFUJ President Afzal Butt that was attended by the representatives of the journalists associations including National Press Club (NPC) President Shahrayar Khan, NPC General Secretary Tariq Chaudhry, Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ) President Ali Raza Alvi, RIUJ General Secretary Bilal Dar and former NPC president Farooq Faisal.

The participants of the meeting underlined the need to give representation to the journalists associations in the committee to prepare code of conduct for media in particular reference with terrorism in the country.

Speaking on the occasion PFUJ president said the proposed legislation regarding code of conduct for media carries some sections that are against the spirit of freedom of expression.“These kinds of laws or code of conduct have not been enforced in the civilised nations and if the government wants to carry out legislation that can violate the freedom of expression then the journalists would stage protest against it,” he said.

The participants unanimously demanded of the government to include representatives of the journalists associations in the committee that can better help prepare a code of conduct to build public opinion against terrorism.

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