Terms of Reference No. F

To enquire into allegations of media-related corruption and suggest steps to ensure impartial and independent media for the upcoming elections.

Terms of Reference No. F

Code of Ethics – Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE)

The Code of Ethics of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE): 1. The Press shall avoid biased reporting or publication of unverified material, and avoid the expression of comments and conjecture as established fact. Generalization based on the behavior of an individual or small number of individuals will be termed unethical. 2. The Press […]

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Detailed, forensic audit and investigation for Elections 2013

i. In the context of a completely transformed media sector which, despite its low international ranking, is widely seen by the people of Pakistan as a reflection of extraordinary new freedom and vibrancy, it is unfortunate that the Commission is obliged to consider the issues of media-related corruption. ii. In doing so, the Commission is […]

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Intelligence Bureau IB
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Secret Service Expenditure in Intelligence Bureau (IB)

a. Factually it is not “Secret” in terms of usage and operations both. Instead it is a Supportive and Promotional Fund, the expenditure of which is supervised by the Principal Accounting Officer (PA0) of the Ministry as per below listed legal citations. The main advantage of the fund is that prompt action with reasonable justification […]

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ECP directives to State-owned media and organizations for Elections 2013

a. State-owned PBC and PTV do not come within the purview of PEMRA. They are governed respectively, by the PBC Act, 1973 and the Companies Ordinance, 1984. b. Even though a non-partisan Caretaker Government will be in office during the Elections 2013 phase and therefore is expected to direct PBC and PTV to ensure non-partisan […]

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International observers and overseas organizations for Elections 2013

a. In keeping with well-established global practices also accepted by the Government of Pakistan and the Election Commission of Pakistan and as applied during several general elections held in the past three decades, international organizations such as the European Union, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, SAARC, and other institutions with a specialized focus on the conduct of […]

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Activism by readers, viewers, listeners as media audiences for Elections 2013

a. In one of the preceding sections of these Recommendations i.e. Section 3 “Through civil society networks”, we have noted and recommended that the non-official associations which already exist in Pakistan that have been engaged in advocacy and capacity-building work to promote democratic values and practices and to enhance electoral participation have a specific role […]

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Policies and actions of political parties and candidates for Elections 2013

a. As the principal participants and protagonists in the Elections phase, the political parties of the country and the several hundreds of candidates seeking votes during the campaign phase have a legal obligation to abide by the terms and conditions prescribed by the ECP with regard to the expenditure on advertising in media, with regard […]

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Policy of vigilance practiced by the Caretaker Government for Elections 2013

a. During its short yet significant tenure, the Caretaker Government has a formidable responsibility. In conditions of poor governance and frequent incidents of violence and terrorism, the Caretaker Governments at the Federal level and four Provincial levels have to ensure stable and secure conditions that will enable the conduct of free and fair elections in […]

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Official regulation for Elections 2013

a. In the case of electronic media, PEMRA has a three-fold responsibility whose fulfillment should be overseen by ECP. (a) To ensure that license-holders of satellite TV channels abide by the terms on which licenses have been issued to them, failing which action should be promptly taken as per the law and rules. (b) To […]

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Civil society networks for Elections 2013

a. Monitoring of the pre-Election phase is already being conducted by reputed civil society networks and associations such as the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) whose members include several NGOs with extensive contacts amongst communities in all four Provinces. b. FAFEN has already announced that with its member organizations and the co-operation of citizens […]

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Oversight by the Election Commission of Pakistan for Elections 2013

a. It is recommended that the ECP invite Chief Executives/Chairpersons/Proprietors of all TV channels and Radio channels to a meeting in Islamabad to convey directly to them in person ECP’s Code of Media Conduct for Elections 2013 and ECP’s Guidelines so that the senior-most decision-makers and policy-makers of private electronic media are informed about their […]

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Self-regulation by media organizations, media proprietors, journalists, practitioners for Elections 2013

Through self-regulation by media organizations themselves, by individual media proprietors, journalists, practitioners: a. The following representative bodies/organizations/corporations should be advised by the Election Commission of Pakistan to refine, practice and enforce their own existing Codes of Ethics: b. Either in part, or in whole, the Codes listed below include sections that are relevant to the […]

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Recommendations by the Media Commission to ensure impartial and independent media for the Elections 2013

Recommendations by the Media Commission for consideration by the Supreme Court to enable fulfillment of the aim described in TOR No.F i.e. “to ensure impartial and independent media for the upcoming elections.” The Commission submits that there are eleven modes and sectors by which actions can be taken to ensure impartial and independent media during […]

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Observations by the Media Commission with regard to TOR No.F

1. Observations in this section of the Report are being noted only on those aspects of the media that are of direct relevance to TOR No.F i.e. “to enquire into allegations of media-related corruption and suggest steps to ensure impartial and independent media in the upcoming elections”. 2. Observations by the Commission on aspects of […]

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Allegations of media-related corruption in the context of Elections 2013

Allegations of media-related corruption in the context of elections due in 2013 as per the Commission’s formulation: 1. That, in the last quarter of 2012 in particular and in the period leading up to the commencement of the formal election phase, placement of ads in media about various development projects of the Federal Government and […]

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Allegations of media-related corruption in general

Allegations of media-related corruption in general as per the Commission’s formulation: 1. Bribes, inducements, perks, etc. to journalists and media personnel to obtain prominent or favorable coverage in media or to plant false or defamatory news against others. 2. Discriminatory, undue allocation of Government-controlled advertising to print media and electronic media. 3. Undue financial benefits […]

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