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Safety and Security of Journalists top priority of the Government: Pervaiz Rashid

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ISLAMABAD:(APS) 22 May, 2015;“Safety and security of Journalists is the top priority of the Government”, Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Federal Minister for IB & NH said this while chairing the 3rd meeting of the Ministerial Committee constituted by the Prime Minister to address security related issues of the media houses.

He said that the present government is determined to resolve all problems of working journalists including any threat to their life and property. He said that the government considers media as an important instrument for strengthening democracy and would continue to facilitate it in the performance of their professional obligations.

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The meeting was apprised about the status of implementation on the decisions of the previous two meetings. Information Minister directed the concerned officials to invite the home and information Secretaries from all the provinces to attend next meeting and brief the Committee on their respective implementation status. The Minister further directed Additional Inspector General (Operations) Islamabad Police for undertaking another security audit of the media houses and point out the deficiencies in connection with the internal security arrangements taken by the media houses themselves. Minister also directed Principal Information Officer, PID to make arrangements for holding workshop in coordination with National Press Club Islamabad, media representative bodies and ICT police to sensitize and train the media workers regarding various security measures and safety techniques to be adopted by media in face of any threat.

Irfan Siddiqui, Special Assistant to Prime Minister was present in the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officials of Ministry of IB & NH, Sultan Azam Temuri, Additional Inspector General (Operations) Islamabad Police, Saud Aziz, DG-NCMC and representatives from APNS, CPNE and PFUJ.

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