FG Ebrahim to be ombudsman for The Express Tribune

Published: October 27, 2010

Justice (retd) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim

In the interest of promoting journalistic integrity and transparency, The Express Tribune will have Justice (retd) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim as ombudsman for the paper.

He will act as mediator on issues that may arise from news or opinions appearing in our publication, in the interest of promoting accountability and fairness to our readers. The eminent jurist will be occupying a non-monetary position and The Express Tribune is grateful to have him on board.

As a partner of the International Herald Tribune, The Express Tribune is committed to upholding international standards by monitoring the accuracy and fairness of its reporting. Ombudsmen act as arbitrators for news organisations around the world and our newspaper will emulate this practice in order to have a liaison with the public, who can report their concerns directly to him.  Jeffrey Dvorkin, Executive Director of the Organisation of News Ombudsmen, congratulated the newspaper on taking this step. “At a time when many media organisations seem to suffer from a disconnect from their audiences, ombudsmen are a unique demonstration that a media organisation takes its commitment to the public seriously,” he said.

Readers are invited to share their concerns and complaints with Justice Ebrahim, who will then investigate and address complaints, critical omissions and errors. The Express Tribune will accept his decision on these matters as final. It is hoped that this cooperation results in greater awareness about the concerns of our readership and encourages professionalism at all levels.

If any individual or government representative is unsatisfied with material published in The Express Tribune, they can contact Justice Ebrahim directly at:

Address: F67, Block 5, Clifton, Karachi | Phone: (021) 3587957 |  Fax: (021) 35875958 |  Email: [email protected]

Who is our ombudsman?

Justice (retd) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim is a respected and well-known jurist and constitutional expert.

In 1981, he refused to take oath under the Provisional Constitution Order promulgated by General Ziaul Haq, while serving as an ad hoc judge in the Supreme Court. The justice is also famously credited with releasing a public note in response to the judicial crisis in the country, which stated that the situation had been created for ulterior motives.

His distinguished career has seen him serve as senior advocate in the Supreme Court, federal law minister, attorney-general and the governor of Sindh.

The Express Tribune is appreciative of the services he will perform for the newspaper.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 27th, 2010.

Reader Comments (9)

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Oct 27, 2010 - 8:38AM

    I know Justice Fakhruddin G Ebrahim. He is very gentle polite and down to earth man.

    It is an honour for The Express Tribune to have a person like Justice Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim.

    My all best wishes to Justice Sahib and to The Express Tribune.Recommend

  • Ishaq
    Oct 27, 2010 - 10:28AM

    I Hope others will also try to follow this trendRecommend

  • Asmat Jamal
    Oct 27, 2010 - 10:48AM

    Fakhruddin G Ebrahim was a great judge, a humble and sincere human being, and a honourable person. May God reward you with all his blessings. AmeenRecommend

  • Jahanzeb Awan
    Oct 27, 2010 - 11:16AM

    It is the great fortune of Express Tribune that such an erudite, honest, dedicated and patriotic person has agreed to be the Ombudsman for the paper.Recommend

  • Oct 27, 2010 - 12:26PM

    Tribune!!! this is a trump card thrown by your management. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Nothing could be better than having a ‘most respected jurist’ to determine your relationship with opinion makers and boost your sales in the market.

    The opinions expressed by him will be accurate and non partisan in nature. The act of appointing an ombudsman is in Itself an audit of your journalistic integrity and acumen. Best of luck for the future. Truly commendable.

    With salams and best wishes for the future.

    (Respectfully, sometime back he appeared on TV, so please ask him to keep his hair short). Recommend

  • Zara
    Oct 27, 2010 - 2:02PM

    This is a very good decision. It will add to the credibility and respect of your organization. I hope other media organizations can also emulate your example. Recommend

  • Oct 27, 2010 - 4:01PM

    Very credible decision!Recommend

  • Kashif Hasan
    Oct 27, 2010 - 5:35PM

    It is really a welcome development not only at the part of organization but also for entire readership of express tribune and now the paper has become trend-setter of self accountablity in Pakistani media. I believe in freedom of expression but also with its quality.

    On this auspicious occasion, I would like to suggest the high ups of Express media group to launch an urdu readers’ friendly website like E-Tribune and its compititors are executing on which administration can recieve comments from readers in roman urdu format and later publish it web friendly urdu font after moderation.Recommend

  • Naushad Shafkat
    Oct 28, 2010 - 8:23PM

    That the Express Tribune has got an Ombudsman in the interest of promoting accountability and fairness to your readers is good news but that you have managed to get Mr. Justice (R) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim as your first Ombudsman is truly a feather in your cap! Mr. Fakhruddin is a leading jurist, a great teacher, a man of principles and above all a thorough gentleman. He not only refused to take oath on a PCO under a military dictator but also resigned without a blink as Law Minister on a matter of principle. I can assure you that his decisions will be accepted by all and sundry without demur as his integrity is beyond even a shadow of doubt.
    The Express Tribune is to be commended for taking this trail blazing step even though your reports were even otherwise the most balanced, impartial and fair. Moreover you have always allowed maximum leverage to your readers to express their views. One can only hope and pray that the rest of the media follows your lead.Recommend

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