|PFUJ body starts probe into Malik’s complaint|
| ISLAMABAD: The five-member special committee constituted by the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) met here on Thursday to consider Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s complaint pertaining to alleged airing a news item by a private channel purporting that “the minister has resigned from his cabinet position.”|
The meeting, which was chaired by PFUJ President Pervaiz Shaukat and attended by all its members, Shamsul Islam Naz, Secretary-General PFUJ; Ashfaq Sajid, President, Rawalpindi-Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ); Tahir Rathore, former President RIUJ; and Asim Rana, General Secretary, National Press Club, Islamabad. After detailed discussions and considering the contents of the complaint, the committee observed that “keeping in view the PFUJ’s voluntarily evolved Code of Ethics prima facie the complaint of the Interior Minister warrants to be proceeded further to ascertain the truth and veracity of the news aired by the private TV channel.
The committee further observed that the complainant maintained that “this news item was totally false, fabricated and concocted and was against all norms of journalism and that he would like to place the matter before the PFUJ Council to look into the matter with a view to uphold principles of free, fair and responsible journalism, and to investigate the background and reasons of this story.
The committee was of the opinion that as per cannons of justice, fair-play, equity and taking into consideration the Code of Ethics of the PFUJ as well as Code of Ethics evolved by the professionals of the electronic media, it unanimously resolved that before proceeding further explanation be sought from the president of the channel to explain reasons for airing news referred by the complainant.
Accordingly, the meeting decided to issue notice to the TV channel to submit reply on or before October 4, 2010, and also depute some authorized person who is fully competent and empowered to reply to the queries of the committee.The committee would meet on October 4 at PFUJ Secretariat to initiate further proceedings into this matter.