‘Ethical journalism not to prevail under threat’

KARACHI: Ethical journalism could not prevail in the environment of threat and terror so media organisations should ensure the security protocol and sufficient training of the media persons.
At a seminar on media ethics in time of threats, organised by Rozan and the secretariat of Pakistan Coalition for Ethical Journalism (PCEJ) in collaboration with the Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi, prominent media analyst Adnan Rehmat presented his newly launched book ‘Reporting under Threat’ portraying the life changing events of 57 journalists of Pakistan who suffered attacks, including the story of Ayub Tareen, the correspondent of British Broadcasting Corporation Urdu Service in Quetta and the story of attack on Express Tribune office in Karachi.
Rehmat said the media organisations and the civil society was not considering the increasing attacks on the journalists, which was alarming. Journalist are the story tellers and any effort to make them silent will create a communication gap in the society.
Kamal Siddiqi Editor of Express Tribune-three time survival of attacks on its office premises considered the inability of the media organisations to coup such situation.
He said the media organisations have to maintain the standard and to ensure the safety of theirs staff on the spot. Attackers remained unknown and it would be hard to adopt adequate precautionary measures.
He said as compared with other Islamic countries the media in the Pakistan was much independent and if there was no free media the current scenario in the capital Islamabad could turn into a situation witnessed in other Islamic countries during current Arab uprising.

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