Need for Ethical Journalism in Pakistan – CIME Forum Organised for the First Time in Pakistan

The CIME Forum 2013 on Saturday observed the need for ethical Journalism in Pakistan. Mishal Pakistan in collaboration with the Coalition for Ethical Journalism and the Centre for International Media Ethics, hosted a two-day event. Local English Daily Pakistan Today reported.

The CIME forum was organised for the first time in Pakistan, jointly with journalists, academicians and students of journalism and the primary objective of the forum was to highlight the challenges and opportunities of practicing ‘ethical journalism in the digital age’.

ethical-journalism“The Center for International Media Ethics CIME is a non-profit organization bringing together a network of media professionals throughout the world to provide training, discussion and expertise in the ethics of their profession. Our driving emphasis is that media professionals take responsibility in shaping society,” said Puruesh Chaudhary, CIME ambassador for Pakistan.

Puruesh said that CIME focuses on training, awareness and capacity-building in the field of professional media ethics. CIME encourages media professionals to take on a proactive role in defining ethical practices through the choices and decisions at work on their daily lives.

“We urge our media professionals to work together to make their own judgments and identify their own strategies in ethics. CIME’s goal is to improve the overall media ethics standards everywhere in the world,” she further said.
Journalists, Dr Moeed Pirzada, Fahd Hussain, Salman Danish and Amir Jahangir discussed alternative mechanism for content evaluation and rating of current affairs programs.

Amir Jahangir, CEO of Mishal Pakistan said that to improve the state of media in the country, his organization has been working on a new methodology to create a credibility index for evaluating the content and its delivery mechanism of the Pakistani current affairs anchors. The Index is measured on various verticals of journalistic professionalism, including understanding of the subject matter, professional integrity, depth of subject knowledge, viewer engagement and command over content discourse, biases and impartiality of the subject matter and the overall flow of communication with facts and accuracy.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Secretary Information Azmat Hanif Orakzai also addressed the participants and presented the salient features of the Right to Information Ordinance (RTI). “Access to information about all the matter of public importance to the people is a constitutionally obligation and RTI ordinance is big step to fulfill this obligation,” he said.

Orakazai said the KP government has planned a communication strategy to interact with masses and fulfill the information gap between government and public. He shared that there are 92 countries which have the law and KP is the first province that presented a comprehensive ordinance with 32 sections.

CIME ambassador for Nepal, Ujjwal Acharaya, expressed his views that in emerging markets, the role of the media regulator has also been very limited in developing media to be the enabler for economic growth in the country. This is partially due to the lack of vision at the regulators end and at the government’s poor performance on developing an effective policy framework to improve the competitiveness of the media sector through multiple revenue models for the industry, said Ujjwal.

Mishal Pakistan is the partner institute of the Centre for International Media Ethics and Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Networks, World Economic Forum. It assists the forum in creating the soft-data on Pakistan, identifying Pakistan’s competitiveness challenges. Mishal has also launched Pakistan’s first journalism awards on the framework designed jointly with the Center for International Media Ethics and UNESCO’s media development indicators.

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