PTI government has approved legislation to protect journalists rights: Fawad

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Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said on Thursday that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has approved the Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals Act 2021 to protect the rights of journalists and it was standing behind working journalists. This he said during a meeting with a delegation of Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) which called on him and Minister of State for Information Farrukh Habib.

Chaudhry Fawad Hussain and Farrukh Habib congratulated the newly elected members of the CPNE. The CPNE delegation apprised the ministers of its concerns about the new digital policy, including the fair distribution of advertisements and issues being faced by regional newspapers. CPNE members welcomed the government’s digital media policy, but said that current member publications of CPNE should be registered by default under the digital media policy.

Fawad assured that publications of CPNE members will be registered by default under new digital policy.” If any media organization wants to move towards transformation, it will be given full support” he said. Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said that links between Information Ministry officials and media outlets would be further strengthened.

He said that the role of CPNE in protecting the rights of journalists was commendable. Strengthening regional press will benefit Pakistan, and the government would help in strengthening regional newspapers, Fawad Hussain added.

After the 18th amendment, regional newspapers were a provincial subject, money was transferred from the federation to the provinces, but regional newspapers were not getting the facilities they deserve. He said that the government would provide loan facility up to Rs. 1 million for digitization of newspapers, Ministry of Information Technology would assist in digitization of newspapers.

With the advancement of news dissemination technology, the importance of regional media has also increased. Regional media played an important role in highlighting local issues, said Chaudhry Fawad.

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