CPNE Elects New Leadership: Irshad Arif President, Aijaz Ul Haq Secretary General

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CPNE Elects New Leadership: Irshad Arif President, Aijaz Ul Haq Secretary General

ISLAMABAD, JUN 2 /DNA/ – Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) held its annual elections in Karachi on 31st May 2023. The elections witnessed active participation from the member editors of the council, highlighting the commitment to upholding journalistic standards and integrity in Pakistan.

In a significant development, Irshad Arif Editor in Chief of 92 News was elected as the President of CPNE & Aijaz Ul Haq Managing Editor of Express Group was elected as the Secretary General. Election in the highest and esteemed body of editors of Pakistan is expected to strengthen the operational aspects of the CPNE, ensuring that the council remains a robust advocate for the rights and responsibilities of newspaper editors across the country.

Tahir Farooq Editor in Chief of Daily ITTEHAD Media Group & Pakistan Economic Net was elected unopposed as the Vice President of Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter. A veteran journalist, Tahir Farooq has always stood up for the rights of media and journalists, earning respect and admiration from his peers for his unwavering dedication to the cause. Tahir Farooq was appreciated for his outstanding work in the year 2023/2024.

Farooq held the chairmanship of the Foreign Relations Committee, his efforts in connecting with international organizations were widely lauded. His work has significantly contributed to strengthening the ties between the journalistic community and international representatives, promoting better understanding and cooperation.

Farooq has contributed in different committees of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors.  In the capacity of Vice President of CPNE he filed petition in the honorable Peshawar High Court for the recovery of long outstanding dues of newspapers of Pakistan.

The newly elected officials have expressed their dedication to fostering a free and responsible press in Pakistan. They aim to address the challenges faced by the media industry and work towards enhancing the role of newspapers in promoting informed and balanced public discourse.

CPNE has vowed to fight for the rights of journalists and media in Pakistan and spearhead the struggle for freedom of speech in the country.