Quetta: National Consultation on Code of Ethics Held

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Adnan Aamir
Quetta: A Road Show was held as a part of national consultation on developing Code of Ethics for Pakistani Media in Quetta Press Club, on Thursday.
Program was held by Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies (PIPS) in collaboration with Pakistan Coalition for Ethical Journalism (PCEJ) and International Media Support (IMS).
Aamir Rana, Director of PIPS, while addressing the program said that Code of Ethics is almost in final stages and it has been shared with media house owners and Federal Ministry for Information and Broadcasting. He revealed that more than 9 organizations have taken part in developing the code of ethics in different phases.

Code of Ethics is almost in final stages and it has been shared with media house owners and Federal Ministry for Information and Broadcasting – Aamir Rana

Shahzada Zulfiqar, President of Quetta Press Club and a core committee member of Code of Ethics developing committee, said that ideally code of ethics should not be in a written form. “Journalists should know what their ethical boundaries are and they should restrict themselves within those boundaries,” he added.

“Due to lack of any robust code of ethics, Newspapers have started pursuing commercial motives rather than serving the society through objective reporting,” said Saleem Shahid Bureau Chief of Dawn Newspaper. He added that journalists have lost their credibility due to not following any ethical code.

Ideally code of ethics should not be in a written form. Journalists should know what their ethical boundaries are and they should restrict themselves within those boundaries – Shahzada Zulfiqar

Hammadullah Siapad, former President of Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ), said that code of ethics can only be successfully implemented when the media house owners realize its importance and makes it mandatory for their staff members.
A documentary illustrating the perils faced by journalists in the field reporting was also screened in the program.
Aamir Rana delivered vote of thanks at the end and thanked the journalists of Quetta.
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Adnan Aamir is founder and Editor of Balochistan Voices. He also contributes for The News, The News on Sunday and Newsline Magazine amongst others as a freelancer. He has completed Chevening South Asian Journalism fellowship from the University of Westminster.