March 23, 2018

Senate subcommittee meeting on drafting journalist safety bill cancelled due to non attendance ​

ISLAMABAD, 12 January 2017 – A meeting of Senate subcommittee of the standing committee on Information and Broadcasting, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. this morning has been cancelled after committee members failed to show up. The only member present was the sub committee’s convener Senator Farhat Ullah Babar 
The meeting had been called to prepare another draft of ‘Journalist Safety and Welfare Bill 2017″. 
Separately, MMfD has also submitted its recommendations for the bill.
“We have shared concerns about the lack of inclusion of perspectives from women journalists and digital security threats with Senator Farhatullah Babar”, said Sadaf Khan, Director Programs, Media Matters for Democracy, “We hope that the subcommittee continues to engage with a wider range of stakeholders and these key perspectives are included in the final draft. However, it is concerning that today’s meeting had to be cancelled due to non-attendance of members”.
Other civil society groups have also shared recommendations related specifically to the digital security of journalists.

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