On 25 June 2016 CPNE Standing Committee Meeting was held at Lahore.
“Print media holds absolute presence and influence over the society and collectively it is playing a positive role.” –Senator Pervez Rashid
Government should look into the issues being faced by the editors and journalists.” –Zia Shahid, President CPNE
“CPNE’s purpose is to resolve the challenges that are being faced by the editors and journalists”. –Aijazul Haq Secretary General
Federal Ministry of Information, Broadcast and Heritage has announced that space will be allocated ASAP for the establishment of CPNE House in Islamabad.
To solve the challenges faced by Editors and Journalists CPNE Government Liaison Committee is formed under the leadership of Secretary Information.
Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Federal Minister of Information Broadcasting and National Heritage said that, “Pakistan’s media is playing a really important role in shaping and guiding the society. The reason media is doing so well is because of it’s editorial policies and ethical guidelines. He assured that as per the directive of Prime Minister regarding the CPNE house, CDA is going to allocate a plot to Ministry of Information and then the MOI will transfer it to CPNE.” He further added that the Right to Information bill has been legislated and is uploaded on the website, it is gaining international acclaim soon it will be presented in the parliament for promulgation. He also said that a liaison committee will be established which will include, CPNE, Federal Information Secretary, Principal Information Officer and Director General Press Information Department. It’s purpose will be to resolve problems that are raised by CPNE and the publications at large. It will also produce recommendations in collaboration with CPNE and will submit them to the Ministry of Information for approval.
President CPNE Zia Shahid said that, the world is changing at a very rapid rate, toady electronic media is negatively impacting the print media. Govt.’s 80% ads are directed towards electronic media, we must strengthen the print media. The Govt. should focus on the issues & challenges of print media, the year 2016 should be declared as the year of print media. The Secretary General of CPNE Aijazul Haq said that, CPNE’s purpose is to resolve the challenges that are being faced by the editors and journalists. Prior to this Mr. Irfan Ather was elected as the Joint Secretary of CPNE. The attendants of the meeting prayed for the forgiveness of the Qawal Amjad Sabri, who was martyred in a terrorist attack in Karachi, they also prayed for the forgiveness of mother of Mumtaz Ali Phulpoto, Editor Awami Awaaz and for the forgiveness of Senior Journlaist Aslam Farooqi (Late). During the meeting, CPNE’s organizational matters were also discussed, progress reports of current projects were shared and future plans were devised. Shaheen Qureshi, Senior Vice President CPNE acknowledged CPNE’s prowess regarding empowering the editorial community, it’s ability to engage media & conduct advocacy is phenomenal and that CPNE should be further empowered. Aamer Mehmood Vice President Sindh said that, the institution of Editors is weakening, it should be strengthened. Mehtab Khan Vice President Islamabad, said that due to the non-payment from Govt. departments many newspapers are facing financial constraints and 14 papers aren’t publishing for the past 2 days. Anwar Sajdi Vice President Balochistan said that, FBR is forcefully collecting 50% tax from the newspapers, further increasing their problems, this issue must be resolved. Senior member of Standing Committee Ikram Sehgal announced that free health insurance policy of Pathfinders Group will be given to all the members of standing committee and office staff and their family members. In the next phase all the members of the CPNE will receive health insurance. Senior member of CPNE Standing Committee Dr. Jabbar Khattak while explaining the performance of CPNE said that, CPNE has completed professional development courses for the journalists and now programs are developed for media houses and working journalists with collaboration of international organizations. Dr. Waqar Yusufi said that for the promotion Freedom of Expression, CPNE can play a vital role among bridging multiple parts of the media industry. Ahmed Iqbal Baloch, said that media houses publish every news except the news that are related to journalists and media houses, they close the news by calling it a private paper or private journalist, this activity should be condemned and media should be united. The abysmal condition of Freedom Expression in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and Balochistan was discussed during the meeting and it was decided that conferences will be conducted in those provinces on this issue. At this moment, President CPNE Zia Shahid, Secretary General Aijazul Haq, Rao Tehseen and Imran Gardezi along with members of the CPNE Standing Committee Shaheen Qureshi, Aamer Mahmood, Mahtab Khan, Syed Haroon Shah, Anwar Sajidi, Ghulam Nai Chandio, Tahir Farooq, Arif Nizami, Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Shami, Jameel Ather Qazi, Dr. Jabbar Khattak, Ikram Majeed Sehgal, Imtiaz Alam, Irfan Ather, Jawed Mahar Shamsi, Mumtaz A. Tahir, Humayun Tariq, Muhammad Munir Jillani, Waqar Yousuf Azeemi, Abdul Khaliq Ali (Marshall), Syed Mumtaz Shah, Hamid Hussain Abidi, Abdul Rehman, Mangrio, Ahmed Iqbal Baloch, Naveed Chuhdary, Tanveer Shaukat, Kazin Hussain, Bashir Ahmed, Zahidah Abbasi and Tauseef Mehdi along with many others participated.