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Committee approves replacement in Afghan squad
KARACHI, Feb 25 (APP): The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has approved Shafiqullah Shafiq as a replacement player for Merwais Ashraf in Afghanistan’s squad for the tournament.
 
5-member Ski squad to leave for South Korea on Saturday
ISLAMABAD, Feb 25 (APP): A five-member national ski squad, including one coach will feature in the forthcoming Asian Alpine Ski Championship, being held in South Korea.
 
PSB Junior Age Talent Hunt Squash entered semi-finals stages
PESHAWAR, Feb 25 (APP): Humam Ahmad, Ismail Khan, Rohid Asghar and Muhammad Ibrahim Mohib entered into the semi-finals of the ongoing PSB Junior Age Group Under-9 Category Squash Championship being played here at PSB Coaching Center Squash Courts on Wednesday.
 
Indian baseball manager predicts tough contest against Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Feb 25 (APP): Indian baseball manager, Dr Ashma Begum on  Wednesday predicted a tough competition between traditional rivals India and Pakistan when they meet on Saturday in the last fixture of 12th West Asia Baseball Championship here at Pakistan Sport Complex.
 
Yasir, Sarfraz should be given chance: Saeed Ajmal
ISLAMABAD, Feb 25 (APP): Pakistan ace spinner Saeed Ajmal feels Yasir Shah and Sarfraz Ahmed both should be given chance instead of Younis Khan and Nasir Jamshed in the remaining World Cup matches saying the players should now just focus on winning.
 
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Appointment of News Ombudsman by a media group hailed PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD Oct 31 (APP): The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has welcomed the inovative decision of Express Group for creating a mechanism to safeguard principles and cause of journalistic integrity and transparency by appointing an ombudsman in the institution, a news release said here Sunday.Hailing the Express Group announcement for appointment of Ombudsman PFUJ said “at a time when many media organizations seem to suffer from a disconnect from their audiences, ombudsmen are a unique demonstration that a media organization takes its commitment to the public seriously.”


The PFUJ expressed the hope that the spirit behind the appointment of Ombudsman should be translated in to as per its objectives.
Commenting on the commitment of the Express Group “in the interest of  promoting journalistic integrity and transparency, The Express Tribune will have  Justice (Retd) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim as ombudsman for the paper”,  the PFUJ said  that complainants of irresponsible journalism, scuffles, and open criticism of  the coverage and publications of the news, talk shows, comments have become order  of the day and public resentment as well as criticism is now an open secret.
In this scenario, the PFUJ said the move of the Express Group is appreciable which would go a long way to uphold standard in the profession.
The PFUJ said at present one of the major cause of declining professional standards was due to damage done to the institution of the “Editor” over the years, non-existence of Code of Ethics and open violation of basic principle of airing contents of news and publications without proper check or verification.
The PFUJ also hailed the selection of Mr. Justice (retd) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim, who is a respected, well-known jurist and constitutional expert, besides  champion of human rights and freedom of expression and independence of the press.
The PFUJ said print and electronic media have certain social obligations and  top most responsibility of the media is to keep the people fully abreast about  true facts without any prejudice and bias and scandalizing the issue and creating
chaos for achieving personal motives.
The PFUJ stressed upon other media houses also to follow the suit and adopt  such mechanism to safeguard the interests of readers and the viewers. At the same  time the PFUJ urged the group and other media houses that time has come when they
should themselves realize the importance of rule of law, in their organizations, implement labour laws, ensure fair wages to their workers, and to formulate a gender policy, and to provide security and safety to media persons.
Unless media houses do not introduce culture of fairness of collections of news material and facts through fairly paid and professional skills, the dream of “fairness in media cannot be achieved and all such measures would prove a non-starter and cannot enhance the deteriorating image of media in society,” the PFUJ warned.
 

 

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