islamabad - Senator Rubina Khalid has urged owners of media houses to play their role for the protection and welfare of journalistic community as they were earning billions of rupees. She said this while speaking in the meeting of the Senate’s sub-committee on Information and Broadcasting, held under the chair of Mushahid Ullah Khan at Conference Hall of Parliament lodges on Friday.

In the meeting, Director General Internal Publicity (DGIP) Nasir Jamal briefed the participants about Journalists Welfare and Protection (JWP) bill 2011 in detail.

He said that a three-member committee has been constituted under the chair of Press Information Officer (PIO) Tahseen Ali Khan, which would prepare the draft after reviewing the JWP bill. He further said that the committee is seeking opinions from media experts and Ministry of law for the preparation of this bill.

“Two meeting of the committee has also been held so far in this regard which was attended by senior officers and representatives of the journalists organizations”, Jamal added.

He said that in the first meeting of the committee, it was decided that media person should be included in the JWP bill rather than journalist, fatal diseases like cancer and hepatitis be treated in government hospitals and

RIO of Press Information Department (PID) should be declared focal person.

He further told that it was also decided in the first meeting of the committee that four teams of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists would visit the four provinces and to seek recommendations about the protection and welfare of the journalists adding that opinion in this regard would also be sought from Ministry of Law.

President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Afzal Butt said that amount which owners of the media houses spent on the protection and welfare of the journalists should be made the part of the law.

“We do not want to become burden on government and bring the owners of media houses in the circle of law so that injustices conducted with the media workers be compensated.

DGIP told standing committee that a summery has been sent to ministry of law regarding payments of salaries BOL TV’s employees.