Journalist our bodies vows to proceed their protest in opposition to proposed PMDA. 

KARACHI: Terming the proposed Pakistan Media Growth Authority (PMDA) “unconstitutional”, a gathering of the Joint Motion Committee of Media Organisations vowed to proceed their protest in opposition to the federal government’s transfer to determine the media authority.

The choice was taken throughout a gathering of the joint motion committee held on September 10, the place all consultant media organisations specifically Pakistan Broadcasters Affiliation (PBA), All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), and the Affiliation of Digital Media Editors and Information Administrators (AEMEND) had been current.

Throughout the assembly, they reiterated their stance of rejecting the proposed PMDA vehemently and termed the idea “unconstitutional” and a transfer to “muzzle the liberty of press and expression by imposing state management” to control all media platforms below one central physique.

The assembly expressed full help for the PFUJ’s demonstration on September 13 in entrance of Parliament Home in opposition to its institution.

The assertion additional mentioned, along with all media consultant organisations, the bar associations, political events, human rights organisations, and different civil society organisations will even take part within the sit-in.

All media associations within the Joint Motion Committee reiterated their dedication to thwart the federal government’s efforts to legislate for the institution of the PMDA.

New proposed media authority

The PMDA has been described within the Ordinance as “an unbiased, environment friendly, efficient and clear” Authority which is able to regulate all types of media, together with digital media.

Actually, now below the Ordinance, print and digital media will even want a license to determine and function within the nation.

The draft describes digital media as on-line newspapers, internet TV channels, OTT content material platforms, on-line information channels, video logs and YouTube channels, Netflix, Amazon Prime and many others.

As soon as established, the Authority will include a chairperson and 11 members to be appointed by the President of Pakistan on the recommendation of the federal authorities. The chairperson of the Authority shall be appointed from a panel of grade 21-22 of knowledge group officers.

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