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Struggle against ‘anti-media body’ will continue, announces Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists

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ISLAMABAD: Rejecting the proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA), the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) President Shahzada Zulfiqar Tuesday said their struggle against the “anti-media body” wo;; continue, The News reported. Addressing a press conference along with other PFUJ leaders at the National Press Club, Shahzada Zulfiqar demanded the government to take notice against […]


Awareness about Right to Information Act highlighted

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LAHORE: Secretary Information & Culture Punjab Raja Jahangir Anwar has said that the access to information about matters of public importance is the fundamental right of the citizens; he said this while addressing a seminar regarding the awareness about the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 at Al-Hamra on Wednesday. He said the […]


Government, media bodies agree to form Joint Action Committee on PMDA, other issues

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ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and representatives of media bodies Wednesday formed a Joint Action Committee (JAC) to discuss issues such as fake news on social media, rights of media workers and further improvement of laws and regulatory framework. To this effect, representatives of PBA, APNS, CPNE and PFUJ and AEMEND called on […]


Asad Umar stresses need for system to counter fake news

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ISLAMABAD:  Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Wednesday said that “fake news is spreading [in the country] on a day to day basis,” therefore, a system to keep a check on that is necessary.” The minister was speaking in reference to the PTI-led government’s proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) […]


If govt is not behind Pakistan Media Development Authority, it should take notice: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) President Shahzada Zulfiqar has demanded the government take notice if it was not behind the idea of Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA). He was addressing a press conference, along with PFUJ Secretary General Nasir Zaidi, National Press Club President Shakeel Anjum, Joint Action Committee Chairman Afzal Butt, RIUJ […]


National Assembly speaker claims gallery closed in consultation with journalists

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ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has claimed that he had ordered the closure of the press gallery during President Dr Arif Alvi’s address to a joint session of parliament after getting reports about possible clash between the two journalists’ groups. Talking informally to the reporters here on Wednesday, the speaker claimed that he had […]


Supreme Court -appointed commission wanted decentralization of Info Ministry

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ISLAMABAD: Instead of devolving power of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting as recommended by the Media Commission set up by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 2013, the information ministry is bent upon controlling the media through draconian laws, which it is adamant on introducing via centralization and control. The Media Commission was appointed […]


United States diplomats visit National Press Club, get briefing on Pakistan Media Development Authority, media curbs

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ISLAMABAD: Diplomats of the United States visited the National Press Club (NPC) on Tuesday and interacted with senior journalists, who briefed them about the situation of the media in the country with special reference to the proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) and media restrictions. The PMDA had been rejected by the Pakistan Federal Union […]


Government wants to provide maximum facilitation to media: Furrukh

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Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib has said President Arif Alvi, in his address to the joint sitting of the Parliament, effectively presented Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf ‘s strategy to confront challenges faced by the country. In a series of tweets, he said the President also reaffirmed his commitment to continue country’s successful foreign […]


Government must heed protests against Pakistan Media Development Authority bill: The International Federation of Journalists

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BRUSSELS: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its Pakistan affiliate, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) have said that the government must heed the calls of media and open a transparent and industry-engaged process of review of the Existing regulatory framework before hitting the media with the brute force of a single regulatory government-created […]


Pakistan Media Development Authority bill not ‘finalized’ yet, Mazari responds to Opp’s criticism

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Amid journalists’ protests against the proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) legislation, Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari on Tuesday claimed that the draft has yet to be given a “final shape” before being sent to the cabinet committee. The minister said that the draft has not been finalized, adding that this has been confirmed by […]


Sherry slams closing press gallery of Parliament for journalists

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ISLAMABAD: PPP Parliamentary Leader in the Senate Senator Sherry Rehman on Monday said closing Parliament’s press gallery for journalists is shameful and condemnable as Parliamentary reporters were banned from sitting in the press gallery of Parliament for the joint session. “This is the first time that something like this has happened in the history of […]


The International Press Institute supports protests against Pakistan Media Development Authority

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VIENNA: The International Press Institute (IPI) on Monday expressed its support for protests launched by journalists in Pakistan against the Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) legislation and urged the government to withdraw it. Journalists in Pakistan launched a sit-in protest outside the Parliament in the capital Islamabad demanding that the government withdraw the controversial PMDA […]


Social media platforms should respect Pakistan’s laws: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) chairman retired Maj Gen Amir Azeem Bajwa on Monday said that social media giants would not withdraw from Pakistan because the country is among top 10 markets of the world and continues to grow at a fast pace. “We want to see this market grow for the benefit of all, […]