NA committee directs early completion of consultation on Journalists Protection Bill


ISLAMABAD, June 20 (APP): National Assembly Standing Committee
on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Tuesday directed
early completion of consultation with all stakeholders on The Protection of Journalists Bill 2014.
The committee which met at the Parliament House under the chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA, issued this direction to Information and Broadcasting Division, saying the legislation had already been delayed.
The committee was of the view that media persons and their families
were vulnerable, therefore, measures from the state were imperative for their safely and welfare.
The committee deferred The PEMRA (Amendment) Bill, 2017 till its
next meeting, providing members of the committee, an opportunity to give their valuable input.
The committee was not satisfied with the performance of Press Council
of Pakistan (PCP) and directed to assert its authority provided under the PCP law to check pervasive violation by print media.
The committee also sought details of suo moto actions initiated by
PCP against print media.
The committee decided to hold another meeting on the working and
performance of PCP.
The committee expressed displeasure against the PTV engineering
department on non-competition of Television Transmission Boosters despite
lapse of considerable time.
The committee asked the Secretary Information Division Ahmed
Nawaz Sukhera currently holding the charge of Managing Director PTV to
inquire into the delay and identify the persons responsible for that inordinate delay
causing loss to national exchequer and submit his findings to the committee within one
The meeting was attended by MNAs; Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mian
Muhammad Farooq, Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Arifa Khalid Parvez, Malik
Muhammad Aamir Dogar, Belum Hasnain, Murad Saeed, Dr Muhammad
Azhar Jadoon, Naeema Kishwer Khan, Ch Muhammad Tufail, Dr Fouzia
Hameed (mover), Secretary Information and Broadcasting Division and heads
of the concerned departments.