Islamabad-Participants of a media conference on Monday urged the government to take concrete steps for safety and security of journalists in the country.

They also called for devising effective legislation on the matter as Pakistan is the most dangerous place for practicing journalism in the world. This was the crux of first day of two-day conference titled 5th National Media Conference organised by Individull and Pakistan in collaboration with Friendrich Nauman Foundation.

The conference was attended by senior journalists, civil society and media support organisations.  The participants said that risks faced by journalists, especially in far-flung areas of the country in reporting conflict, crime and corruption are growing with each passing day therefore government needs to do effective legislation as well as  give assurance that any issue related to the security of the media or media personnel would be handled on a priority basis.

They also urged media persons to stick to responsible journalistic ethics while reporting on different issues and asked owners and government to form code of conduct for working journalists. On day two of the National Media Conference, discussions will be held on Media and Democracy, and Development Journalism.