Pemra urged to act against live coverage of tragic incidents
By: NOKHAIZ SAHI
ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage on Friday discussed the role of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), urging strict action should be taken against the media organisations giving live coverage to tragic incidents and airing talk shows against the ideology of Pakistan.
The Committee was informed by the Acting Chairman PEMRA Pervaiz Rathor that the PEMRA took action against the Media as per PEMRA rules on these types of violations.
The meeting was presided over by Marvi Memon, Chairperson of the Standing Committee. The meeting was also attended by Muhammad Tallal Chaudry, Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Leila Khan, Naeema Kishwer Khan, senior officers of Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources.
The committee strongly condemned the militants attack on Army Public School, Peshawar and offered “Fateha” for the departed souls of teachers, students and army men.
The meeting discussed the role of information officers in the Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources and to create conducive environment for socio-economic development.
The committee was briefed about the role of information officers in the above-mentioned ministries by the Principle Information Officer (PIO) and the concerned information officers of the ministries. The committee was briefed on the achievements of the ministries regarding socio-economic development and its projection to media through their Public Relation Department.
The committee recommended that the achievements of the ministries should be projected and advertised in the media in such a way that a common man could easily understand its impact. The ministries may also develop its accounts on social media and update its websites on daily basis. All the ministries and departments may depute a spokesperson. The committee also recommended for developing strong linkages among ministries and their information officers.