Details of access to information bill to be notified next week: Marriyum
Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb says details of the Access to Information Bill will be notified next week, reported by Radio Pakistan
Speaking at the launching ceremony of new website of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in Islamabad, she said rules about that bill will be available on the new website.
The minister said an information commission would also be constituted and a summary to this effect will soon be sent to the prime minister.
She said the Information Ministry’s new website would serve as Pakistan’s gateway to the world and cater to the needs of modern times.
Marriyum Aurangzeb has also urged media outlets to do self-introspection and accountability in order to enhance their credibility.
she added media in Pakistan has evolved in 70 years to reach at a level where it has become free and vibrant and is fourth pillar of the state.
The Minister said in early 2000s, private TV channels entered the media landscape in Pakistan and lately the social media has also become very active and widely used especially by youth. She said Pakistan has a youth bulge and we have been looking to enact various legislations in order to safeguard youth from cyber risks that come with increased exposure to online media.
Marriyum Aurangzeb regulating media does not serve the purpose and the media outlets should also do self-introspection and accountability in order to enhance their credibility.