University of Media Studies to be established
ISLAMABAD – Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Senator Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli has said that the role of media has become critical in this information age and the government is determined to provide maximum freedom to media to enhance its role in the socio-economic development of the country.
She expressed these views while talking to British High Commissioner to Pakistan Mark Lyall Grant, who called on her in Islamabad on October 26.
During the meeting, the British High Commissioner discussed matters of bilateral interest with the minister.
He appreciated the steps taken by the information ministry to provide a free working atmosphere to media in the country.
The minister on this occasion said that the government is fully cognisant of the role of media in creating awareness and educating people.
She said media has been granted exceptional freedom in the government of President General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.
She said that a Press Council is being established to help media in the country and resolve its problems.
The minister said that all the three academies – PTV Academy, Radio Academy and Information Services Academy – would be combined to form the National University of Media Studies, which would be a degree-awarding and research institution.
The minister appreciated the role of British government and institutions for initiating programs for capacity building of journalists and media-related people and said that both countries should share their expertise in this field to enrich their respective media scenarios.
Source: Business Recorder