PFUJ, HRCP, PBC and civil society reject PMDA


ISLAMABAD:

Key stakeholders of media and civil society have utterly rejected as “draconian and unacceptable” each the federal government proposal to create a brand new authority – Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) – to manage your complete spectrum of the nation’s media sectors – together with print, digital, digital and movie, in addition to its try to “wrongly claim support” for it.

“The proposed establishment of PMDA by merging all existing media and sundry regulators and repealing major media related legislations is unacceptable because this entails bulldozing existing structures and mandates for the purpose of addressing government concerns rather than reforming them from the perspectives of either the media, journalists, citizens or media consumers of Pakistan,” in response to a joint assertion issued right here on Friday.

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In the handout, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) President Shahzada Zulfiqar and Secretary General Nasir Zaidi, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA), Asma Jahangir’s AGHS, Digital Media Alliance of Pakistan (DigiMAP), Freedom Network (FN), Institute for Research, Advocacy and Development (IRADA), Digital Rights Foundation (DRF), Media Matter for Democracy (MMFD) and others opposed and rejected the PMDA.

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