Why are journalists opposing the proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority? #PMDA geo.tv/latest/370271-…
“The controversial law proposes to set up all media (print, television, radio, films, social media and digital) control under one body, ignoring the fact that each media format has unique dynamics and characteristics that cannot be governed under one authority.”
“With 150 TV channels (still growing), over 300 radio stations, 3,000 print publications, numerous digital and social media platforms, 1,000 cable operators, numerous film production houses, it is practically impossible for one authority to govern them.”
‘A body headed by a grade 21-22 officer of the federal government cannot by any means be considered independent.

In the presence of provisions like “power of federal government to issue directives” of binding nature to such a body make it further subservient to the government’
“The setting up of media tribunals is not for workers, but a facade.

The aim is to bypass high courts and create NAB and anti-terrorism like courts to ‘fix’ journalists and pressure media houses to do the same.”
“First, the ministry said the leaked draft of the PDMA was fake.

Then the ministry said almost all stakeholders are supporting this draft.

Each time, the ministry was proven wrong.”

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