Associated Press Service
ISLAMABAD:Nov 02,2017-Senator Farhatullah Babar chaired government-media dialogues on International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalist. He said that “Pakistan is not considered a safe country for the journalists. The main reason behind all this chaos is the right to Freedom of expression. As the influence of media increased with the passage of time, it will in return contribute to the freedom of expression but today few elements want to curb this right. Law for the safety and security of the journalist will be designed within a month that will solely focus the safety of journalists. If a journalist is unsafe, it basically indicates that government, as well as society, is unsafe. ” He also added that “It is need of time to implement the existing national and international laws for safety of journalists.”
Senator Shahi Syed shared his views and said “Law is there but implementation and execution is important. It is a war of true and false, there are always difficulties in the way of truth.” Senior Journalist, Adnan Rehmat, shared UNESCO 2002-2012 reports and said almost 662 journalists lost their lives during this time period out of which 10% were from Pakistan. 2012 is considered as a milestone for the journalists as UN designed a plan of action for the safety of journalists. However, this plan is still waiting for its implementation in Pakistan. Hamid Mir and other senior journalists shared their struggle and gave few recommendations on how crimes against journalists can be minimized.