Islamabad Politics website launches mechanism to monitor election voilence against media

Islamabad Politics Report: Islamabad Politics website today launched a reporting and monitoring mechanism for election related violence directed against media personnel and institutions.

The reporting mechanism will facilitate journalists and other media personnel to report violence directed against them in the month leading up to the General Elections on July 25.

The monitoring system is being established to ensure that election related attacks against media personnel and institutions do not go unnoticed as well as to monitor the response of state machinery to such attacks.

Incidents of election violence will be reported to by telephone, email and WhatsApp and also on facebook page.

Reports of violence will also be forwarded to media associations such as IFJ – International Federation of Journalists, Committee to Protect Journalists,The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Reporters Without Borders (RSF USA), The Factinista (US), All Pakistan Newspaper Society (APNS), Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), Editors for Safety (EfS) and the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ).

The mechanism will help monitor implementation of Guideline 3 of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Code of Conduct for Media, which states that freedom of expression and the rights of journalists to report freely should be respected by all parties, candidates and state authorities during the election. There should be provision of full access to information during the election period and afterwards.

Guideline 5 of this code titled “Duty to Punish Attacks against Media Personnel and Property” obligates state authorities to make special efforts to investigate all acts of violence, intimidation or harassment directed against media personnel or the property or premises of a media outlet, and to bring those responsible to justice, particularly where the act was motivated by an intent to interfere with media freedom.

Reports will also be forwarded to concerned political parties who are responsible for implementing the ECP Code of Conduct for Political Parties, Contesting Candidates, Election Agents and Polling Agents. Article 15 of this code states that political parties, candidates and election agents shall firmly restrain their workers from exerting undue pressure against the print and electronic media, including newspapers’ offices and printing presses, or resorting to violence of any kind against the media.

Incidents can be reported at 03055606014 via text or WhatsApp messaging. Incidents of violence can also be reported at islamabadpoliticsdotcom.gmail.com .

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