Marriyum, media action committee resolve to enact legislation for curbing fake news

ISLAMABAD, Apr 23 (Alliance News): Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb and delegation of the Media Joint Action Committee (JAC) in a meeting on Saturday decided to enact a legislation for curbing the fake news.

The meeting also decided to add a provision in the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) law to end fake news which had not only harmed the national interest, but also had an adverse impact on the national cohesion and unity.

Marriyum Aurangzeb assured the JAC members that the present government, under
the leadership of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, would not compromise in any way on the right of freedom of expression.

PM Shehbaz Sharif was striving to promote the constitutional and fundamental right of freedom of expression, she added.

Lashing out at the previous regime for the media gag, she said only democratic leaders valued and believed in the right of freedom of expression. “Free and independent media provides shield to the politicians and we will strengthen it further,” she added.

She regretted that the last four years proved to be devastating for the people, politics and journalism. Attempts were made to deprive people of their independence by muzzling the media through closure of television channels and programmes, she added.

The minister said the media industry was destroyed by the previous government which also created the worst economic issues for the country.

She said the incumbent government was fully cognizant of the problems faced by the journalist community and intended to reverse the damage caused by the previous government to the media industry and economy.

Marriyum accused the previous Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government of hatching a conspiracy against the country by bringing the national economy to the verge of bankruptcy.

She strongly condemned the serious allegations hurled against some journalists by the PTI under the pretext of so-called foreign conspiracy.

She supported the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists’ (PFUJ) demand and assured all-out efforts to curb the malicious campaigns against the institutions and media in the name of foreign conspiracy.

The minister said PTI chairman Imran Khan even declared those persons traitors who did expose his misdeeds and corruption.

She urged the media to play its role in countering such propaganda campaigns against the institutions and journalists.

The delegation congratulated Marriyum Aurangzeb on assuming the charge of Information Minister and appreciated her initiative of repeal black media laws of the previous government era including Pakistan Media Development Authority.

They hoped that the present government would continue to promote democratic values and norms in the country.

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