NCHR launches criticism cell for girls journalists

Ladies journalists on the consultative assembly held by the Nationwide Fee for Human Rights in Islamabad on July 29, 2022. — NCHR

ISLAMABAD: The Nationwide Fee for Human Rights (NCHR) on Friday launched a criticism cell for girls journalists. 

The cell has been established on the NCHR in collaboration with the Digital Rights Basis (DRF) and the Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ).

The launch happened following a consultative assembly held with Pakistani ladies journalists from throughout the nation.

NCHR’s Chairperson Rabiya Javeri Agha introduced the launch of the criticism cell which might be devoted to resolving human rights points that come up from the concentrating on of ladies journalists, to make sure the liberty of the press.

“Freedom of the press and freedom of the media are cornerstones for any functioning, profitable democracy,” she mentioned, after asserting the launch of the criticism cell.

Throughout the assembly, feminine journalists shared their issues and discusses challenges they encounter each day.

In her keynote speech on the occasion, NCHR’s Rabiya Javeri spoke about on-line violence and harassment, deeming it as one of many “largest challenges in on-line areas” and lamented how ladies journalists report on vital points face elevated dangers of assault and censorship.

DRF’s Nighat Dad additionally reiterated her view stating that on-line areas are more and more changing into hostile for girls journalists and girls usually. Dad additionally pointed towards the methods wherein on-line freedom of expression has been negatively impacted together with authorized restrictions, extra-judicial excesses, on-line violence and harassment, monitoring, and gendered disinformation in opposition to ladies journalists.

Talking concerning the influence of on-line abuse, CEJ’s Director and journalist Amber Rahim Shamsi said that girls journalists face harassment, bodily insecurity, the gender wage hole, and psychological misery because of this.

Whereas the Structure of Pakistan supplies safeguards for on-line speech within the type of Article 19 without cost expression and Article 19(A) for the fitting to info, these freedoms have more and more come underneath assault. Pakistan has persistently ranked low on indices score freedom of expression, and on-line areas are not any completely different. 

In keeping with the Reporters With out Borders World Press Freedom Index 2021 Pakistan ranks 145 out of 180 with fixed rules and censorship of the media. Legal guidelines similar to sedition and defamation, notably felony defamation, have been used to pursue instances in opposition to journalists. 

The Prevention of Digital Crimes Act 2016 (PECA), notably part 20, is often used to provoke proceedings in opposition to activists for critiquing state establishments.

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