Pakistan: News organizations oppose draft PMDA ordinance | Indiafleurit
Islamabad: Media organizations representing publishers, journalists, broadcasters, editors and news directors rejected the draft order on the Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA), triggering another conflict with the government headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Representative media bodies including All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA), Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ, Barna Group), PFUJ (Dastoor Group) and Association of Electronic Media Editors and Chief Information Officers (AEMEND) at a joint meeting unanimously agreed that the proposed PMDA was intended to hamper media freedoms and take control of the media by the highest information bureaucracy, Dawn News reported.
“The concept is an attempt to tighten the federal government’s grip on the media through draconian authority, ignoring the fact that print, digital and electronic media are separate entities, each with its own defined characteristics and characteristics. respective regulatory laws.
“This decision appears as an extension of the old Press and Publications Ordinance of 1963 (PPO) of the Ayub Khan era to all media platforms with regimental provisions to take control of independent and free media. ‘has no place in a democratically elected dispensation,’ the joint statement said according to a press release issued Tuesday by AFNS executive director Dr Tanvir A. Tahir as quoted by the newspaper.
It was decided at the meeting that the PMDA establishment would be fought at all levels, including legal remedies, protest measures and advertising campaigns to educate the public against this blatant attempt to subjugate and control the media. and restrict peoples’ right to know, reports Dawn News. .