Journalists’ protection bill to be tabled in NA: minister

Published January 16, 2019
The new legislation will be similar to the one enacted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. — File
The new legislation will be similar to the one enacted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. — File

KARACHI: Federal In­­for­ma­tion and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said that his ministry is planning to present a bill in the National Assembly for protection of journalists.

The new legislation will be similar to the one enacted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

This was stated by Mr Chaudhry at the awards ceremony organised by the Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) in collaboration with the Centre for Communication Progra­mmes Pakistan, Palladium Pakistan and the Sukh Initiative at the Institute of Business Administration’s city campus on Tuesday.

The information minister spoke at length about the reforms he was trying to bring about at the ministry.

He announced that the information ministry was trying to work on the development of a media technology school in Pakistan and a journalist protection act, simi­lar to the legislation in KP.

He added that he was working on providing health insurance to working journalists and was committed to safeguarding interests of journalists in Pakistan. “The future is of ideas, where only superior ideas will win and they can only be generated through constructive debate and dialogue,” he added.

Journalists from across Pakistan submitted their news stories that were published between July 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018.

Awards were distributed to print and broadcast journalists. An independent jury comprising veteran journalists assessed the shortlisted submissions.

Two Dawn journalists Xari Jalil and Umar Bacha won awards for their stories on child sexual abuse and on child rights, respectively.

Winners of awards in different categories

Excellence in reporting for Urdu newspaper and online content

Health rights — Muhammad Atif Sheikh; Child Rights — Henna Saeed; Women Rights — Muhammad Atif Sheikh Excellence in reporting for TV and radio

Health Rights — Henna Saeed;Child Rights — Ras­hida Sadiq Kiani; Women Rights — Saman Khan Excellence in reporting for district correspondents

Health Rights — Mureeb Mohmand; Child Rights — Umar Bacha; Women Rights — Muhammad Yousaf Excellence in reporting for English newspapers and English online content

Health Rights — Zofeen Ebrahim; Child Rights — Xari Jalil; Women Rights — Ghulam Dastageer and Muhammad Rizwan Safdar

The event was attended by media professionals and academics from across the country.

Published in Dawn, January 16th, 2019

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