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Daily Times

Published Date: Jun 12, 2012


Despite a hostile working environment and corporate-dominated media owners, essentially it is the responsibility of media itself to follow professional ethics, said Press Council of Pakistan (PCP) chairman and former judge of Lahore High Court, Shafqat Khan Abbasi, while speaking at a seminar on ‘Media and the Issue of Professional Ethics’ organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) on Monday. Abbasi said PCP developed an ‘Ethical Code of Practice’ (ECoP) in consultation with stakeholders.

Dr Moeed Pirzada argued that mostly media owners dominate policies and functioning of media whereas working editors and journalists have no authority, which is one of the primary causes of decaying professional ethics in media.

Fahd Husain was of the view ethical considerations are not commercially viable in current business model of Pakistani media. Hamid Mir said, “Our culprit is our own state and its institutions not the media owners alone. The government has allocated a secret fund of more than Rs 5.5 billion to Ministry of Information and this money was used to buy the loyalties of journalists as well as to harass them as no life, job and income security exists for working journalists in Pakistan.”