Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry has termed the Journalists Protection Bill as a major step forward for the security and protection of the rights of journalists.
Fawad Chaudhry addressed the officials of Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad Press Club during the virtual meeting while Minister of State Farrukh Habib also attended the meeting.
The meeting was also attended by President Islamabad Press Club Shakeel Anjum, Secretary Anwar Raza, President Karachi Press Club Fazil Jamili and Secretary Rizwan Bhatti and President Lahore Press Club Arshad Ansari.
Fawad Chaudhry said that the Journalists Protection Bill is a major step forward for the security and protection of the rights of journalists. Under the bill, journalists cannot be asked about the sources of news.
He further said that the safety of journalists has been made mandatory for their respective institutions and for coverage in conflict zones, journalists and media workers would have to be provided safety equipment.
The Federal Minister for Information also said that steps have been taken to ensure payment of media dues, payments of more than Rs. 34 crore have been made in 15 days, more checks will be issued immediately after Eid.
He said that they want to bring housing facilities for journalists, set up press club procedures while plans are afoot to link journalists with successful youth programs.
Fawad Chaudhry said that protection of the interest of the state should be the first and foremost priority for all of us.
Minister of State Farrukh Habib said that he would start visiting press clubs immediately after Eid-ul-Fitr.
Officials of the Press Club assured the government that we are with you in completing the legislative process.