ISLAMABAD: Federal Information Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry on Friday said the federal cabinet had approved ‘Journalists Protection Act’.
“Under this act it will be the responsibility of media organizations to provide safety equipment to the journalists before sending them to the conflict zone,” said Fawad Chaudhry.
He said a body will also be formed to address the complaints of the journalists. He said payments of Rs400 million had been released to the media organizations so that they could timely disburse salaries to the media workers. He said that a program will be started the following year to support the media.
According to the Protection of Journalists And Media Professionals Act, 2021, journalists have the right to be allowed to carry out their professional work in conflict-affected areas within the country, without threat, intimidation, harassment or fear of persecution or targeting.
Journalists have the right to safeguard the confidentiality of sources.
The bill adds that the government shall take all measures to protect journalists and media professionals from all forms of abuse, violence and exploitation at the hands of any person, institutions or authority.