Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: Secretary General Pakistan Peoples Party and former Chairman Senate Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari has asked Chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority to ensure non-discriminatory coverage to all parties in the election campaign and press conferences.
Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari in a letter addressed to Chairman PEMRA mentioned a press conference by senior leadership of PPP and PPPP in Lahore on 10th July at Bilawal House Lahore at 7.30pm, which was not covered live by any of the private TV channels despite representatives of all private and public media channels were present in the press conference. This press conference was addressed by Secretary General PPP and PPPP Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari and former Senator Farhatullah Babar, Opposition leader in the Senate Senator Sherry Rehman, former leader of opposition in the Senate Barrister Aitezaz Ahsan, Mr. Qamar Zaman Kaira, Chaudhry Manzorr and Murad Ali Shah who all are either part of the Parliament or have been Parliamentarians. On the other hand spokesman of other parties are given live coverage.
Secretary General PPP also mentioned ECP notification of dated 2 July 2018 regarding Code of Conduct for Media for general elections 2018. The clause b (ii) states “All media houses should also follow professional standard and strive for accuracy, balance and impartiality.