JournalismPakistan.com February 13, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The Media Commission headed by Justice (Retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid, mandated to probe alleged corruption in the media has been holding meetings as part of its investigations.
The Supreme Court appointed the commission which has former senator Javed Jabbar as member, in January following a petition filed by senior journalists Absar Alam and Hamid Mir in July 2012. The court has given the commission an initial deadline of March 31, 2013 to complete and submit its report on all Terms of Reference.
The probe commission plans to finalize its report on TOR-F that relates to allegations of media-related corruption and suggesting steps to ensure impartial and independent media for the upcoming elections, by March 7.
Definitions of media-related corruption in the context of elections:
“The commitment of any act, including particularly the use of illegal, covert, unethical financial means which shapes the content of any mass medium so as to favor a particular person and/or party or related persons/parties with the objective of obtaining support and votes for a particular candidate/party in the elections to be held in April-May 2013.”
“The deliberate placement of false/fabricated, defamatory content in any mass medium with the intent to damage the reputation and electoral prospects of a particular candidate or political party.”“The provision of financial benefit to any mass medium through advertising and/or other forms of financial contribution with a view to obtaining sustained or even periodic support from that mass medium to benefit a particular candidate or party.”
“The lack of reasonable balance in space or time in the content of any mass medium so as to favor one or more candidates/political parties while restricting coverage of other credible candidates/political parties.”
“The willful or neglectful lack of investigative, corrective action against media-related corruption being practiced by a particular organization or individual by the representative bodies of media organizations or by individual media houses, thus enabling the continuation of actions which can have an adverse impact on elections in a constituency, province or the country.”
Terms of Reference:
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