Sunday, November 17, 2019

Government to ensure media security: Marvi Memon

Marvi Memon

Ahsan Premee

Associated Press Service

ISLAMABAD: A meeting of the Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage was held under the Chair of Ms. Marvi Memon in Islamabad today. The Committee took notice of recent attacks on media during the “Dharna” and long march. The representatives of various media organizations such as Geo, Samaa, Aaj and PTV informed the Committee in detail about the attacks on their buildings, vehicles and violence against their staff. The committee asked Islamabad Police to process the matter earnestly and conclusively. The chair instructed police to bring record in next meeting showing what measures were taken to apprehend the culprits and what protections measures are put in place to save media persons from such attacks in future.

The Committee also took notice of hate speeches by Tahir-ul-Qadiri and Imran Khan inciting for violence. The Committee asked PEMRA to clarify the position regarding rules and action taken against hate and violence inciting speech. The PEMRA informed the Committee that the use of drone camera for the purpose of coverage currently is under usage and rules are yet to be promulgated but many channels are already using the technology.

In the end of the meeting, the chair decided to continue the deliberation on the same issue in the next meeting.

The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage, Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Secretary IB&NH, representative of Ministry of Interior, PEMRA, Islamabad Police and media houses.

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