By Fatima MuhammadSaudi GazetteJEDDAH
— Media experts and lawyers called for a new code of conduct for journalism at a meeting organized by the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) in Jeddah to mark World Press Freedom Day.
Dr. Hussein Al-Shareef, director of the NSHR branch in the Makkah region, told Saudi Gazette that his organization is ready to provide assistance and consultation to any journalist who needs it.
“I believe there is a large number of professionals employed in the media who are not aware of their rights.”
He called for enforcing the royal decree of 2011 which stipulates that an appeal committee be formed to look into all verdicts against journalists for press violations.
“Journalists play a major role in reporting the truth and helping their employers make huge profits in the process. However, most of them do not have any job security and keep moving from one organization to another because of this,” he said.
All participants in the meeting stressed the importance of setting transparent laws and regulations which protect journalists’ job security. The issue of career progression and harassment for female journalists was also discussed at length. A statement issued by the Saudi Journalists Association reiterated the points raised during the course of the meeting.