Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said that consultancy with all stake holders and relevant institutions including Council of Newspaper Editors (CPNE) will be ensured before establishment of Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority, legislation and finalization of the institutional policy. Access to information will be made possible.
He said mechanism is being made for the transparency of the advertisements. Procedure for the issuance and recovery of the advertisements will be devised. He expressed these views in the meeting of the CPNE standing committee.
The federal minister for information said much time has not passed since the formation of the government but people have started criticizing it in a way as if we have been in power since long. He said that the incumbent government has only decided its priorities and the first step it has taken is to remove censorship from the state media. PTI government has taken a big step for the improvement of the environment by planting 1.5m trees. Ten billion trees will be planted during the next five years. A financial task force has been set up. A clear cut system of accountability is being devised and implemented.
PTI took over the government in very shaky circumstances. The foreign loans of 6000 crores of Musharraf period had been rose to 28000 crores. Our government honestly thinks that the country will progress if there are heavy funds in the national exchequer. Then advertisements will be released and progress on education and health will be made. Collective and individual interests will be safeguarded. He said that the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority is being set up for the convenience of the journalist community basically because the whole world is following one window culture now.
But, unfortunately, we have PBA, Pakistan Press Council and Pemra with separate offices, car pools and thousands of employees yet the performance is not satisfactory. Now all these organisations will be put in one place and the print, electronic and social media will be regulated. He said that Pakistan will have to adjust according to the changing world and the view of the technological revolution. Now the journalist organisations needs to update their marketing and hamonise their activities to the needs of the modern day and in light of the importance of the social and digital. In the few coming years the importance of the electronic and print media will reduce more. It will become ever hard for the states to control and maintain censorship the content because of trhe digital media revolution.
The federal minister said that exchange of journalists with different countries will be organized to highlight the soft image of Pakistan across the world.
Fawad Chaudhry paid special tributes to the shuhadas and ghazis and their families on the occasion of 6 September.
Replying to the questions by the CPNE members he said that the government will issue advertisements in a suitable number to keep the media industry alive and strong. Newspapers are the nursery of the democracy and play an important role to strengthen the democracy.
Earleir, President CPNE Arif Nizami briefed the minister in detail about the problems faced by the journalists, editors, media workers and newspaper organizations. He said CPNE should be consulted before any legislation about the media.
The CPNE standing committee meeting was attended by a large number of office bearers and memebers including president Arif Nizami, former president Zia Shahid, senior vice president Imtinan Shahid, secretary general dr jabbar khattak, vice presidents Ikram sehgal, ayaz khan, Rehmat Ali Razi, Tahir Farooq, Arid Baloch, joint secretary amir mehmood, finace secretary hamid hussain abidi, senior members aijazul haq, kazim khan, irshad ahmed arif, anwar sajidi, ghulam nabi chandio, moazzam fakhar, abdul rehman mangrio, ahmed shafiq, ahmed iqbal baloch, zulfiqar ahmed rahat, ali ahmed dhiloon, bashir ahmed memon, faqir minthar mangrio, Khalilur rehman, mian fazal ilahi, Muhammad tahir, mumtaz ahmed sadiq, nasheed raai, shakil ahmed turabi, syed shamsuduha, sher Muhammad kharo, yahya khan sadozai, zubair mehmood, sardar naeem, hafiz sanaullah, naveed sheikh, Muhammad Zahir, Mumtaz Bhatti, Sajjad Abbasi, Sardar Khan Niazi, Ashfaq Ahmed Mufti, Wazir Zada, Rashid Iqbal, Syed Naqi Kazimi, Abdussalam Hath. Aslam Mian and Syed Safir Hussain Shah.