August 11, 2021
Wed, Aug 11, 2021
The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) on Wednesday turned down the proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA).
In a letter, the APNS known as PMDA “an unconstitutional and draconian law against the freedom of press and expression” and requested the media organisations to publish and oblige the next assertion at their ends:
“The representatives of media organisations i.e. APNS, Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors, Pakistan Broadcasters Association, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and Association of Electronic Media Editors and News Directors in a joint statement, have totally rejected the proposed PMDA.”
The society termed the proposal to determine the PMDA an try to regulate and regulate all segments of media beneath an “over-centralised body” by the Centre.
Furthermore, the society maintained within the letter that the representatives of media organisations additionally objected to the proposed PMDA.
According to the letter, the involved stakeholders consider the proposal is aimed toward tightening the Centre’s management over the media by a single platform, ignoring the truth that every of the print, digital and social media are separate entities having their very own outlined options.
“The move to bring [them] under state control smacks of an authoritarian streak that should have no place in democratically elected dispensation,” reads the letter.
It additional states that the media organisations demand a joint assembly of Senate and National Assembly on Information, the place the PMDA might be rejected fully.
Govt proposes media ordinance
The federal authorities had drafted a PMDA Ordinance, 2021, this May.
The proposed legislation goals to repeal a number of present legal guidelines:
- The Press Council Ordinance, 2002
- The Press, newspaper, information Agencies and books Registration Ordinance, 2002
- Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service) Act 1973
- Pakistan Electronic Media Ordinance 2002 as amended by PEMRA Amendment Act 2007
- The Motion Pictures Ordinance 1979
- Instead, beneath the ordinance a Pakistan Media Development Authority will probably be arrange.
What is the PMDA?
The PDMA has been described within the Ordinance as “an independent, efficient, effective and transparent” authority which can regulate all types of media, together with digital media.
In truth, now, beneath the Ordinance, print and digital media can even want a license to determine and function within the nation.