Media platforms to stem from spreading fake news during AJK polls

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MUZAFFARABAD,  (Parliament Times) : A high level meeting of the election commission was held here on Wednesday to finalize the code of conduct for media in connection with the holding of general elections of Azad Kashmir .The senior member of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir election commission Raja Muhammad Farooq Niaz was in the chair and was in the chair finalized the code of conduct for print, electronic and social media.

According to the media policy finalized at the meeting the media persons belonging to print, electronic and social media will desist from giving any comments on the basis of unconfirmed news. They will provide credible information and guidance to the general public regarding the holding of peaceful and an impartial conduct of the elections and will provide information to the people about the importance of the elections. The entry pass for media coverage will be issued according to the list of media persons provided by the Secretary Information. Direct access in the control room by the print, electronic and media groups will not be allowed. 10 to 15 journalists will be allowed for press coverage for polling stations at every district, however permission for this coverage will be granted on the recommendations of the Secretary Information. According to the code of conduct, making video footage during counting of votes will not be allowed; however, footage will be allowed outside the polling stations and booths.