JournalismPakistan.com January 10, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court is to constitute a two-member commission that will decide terms of reference for the media before the general elections, The Express Tribune reported on its website Thursday.
Tribune.com.pk, quoting journalist Hamid Mir, who filed a media accountability petition along with colleague Absar Alam, said the commission members will be announced on January 15.
Mir spoke to the media outside the Supreme Court after a hearing of his petition.
The names of former judge Justice Nasir Alam Zahid and former information minister Javed Jabbar were proposed for the commission.
The petitioners have requested the Supreme Court to set a time frame for the commission to give recommendations on content regulation and ensure its implementation before the general elections.
The media commission will also announce terms regarding the misuse of secret funds by as many as 27 ministries, including the information ministry.
According to the petition, these institutions have allegedly used an amount of Rs5 billion under the head of secret funds to manipulate the media, the Tribune reported.
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