Government firmly believes in freedom of expression: Fawad Chaudhry

Web DeskSenior Editor

11th Sep, 2021. 05:17 pm
Fawad Chaudhry

Amid the debate on the Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA), Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary said the government firmly believes in the fundamental, democratic and constitutional right of freedom of expression, reported Radio Pakistan on Saturday.

Talking to British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner in Islamabad, he said Pakistan being a democratic and pluralist society has one of the most vibrant media. He said there are 114 satellite television channels in Pakistan out of which 31 are news and current affairs channels. He also shared with him that the country has 258 radio channels.

“We want to take all stakeholders on board to create consensus on the draft of PMDA,” said Fawad. He said that authority is being developed to a cohesive approach cane be adopted for media development and efficient management.

He also clarified that no criminal section is being included in the media development authority law.

The minister emphasised that the convergence of media bodies under PMDA was essential to develop electronic, print, digital and emerging media platforms. He said we want to do away with outdated laws and bring a simple single updated law.

“New authority will focus development, innovation, digital economy, training and research,” claimed Fawad.

During the meeting, the minister also hoped that the British government would review its policy of retaining Pakistan on the red list after Pakistan addressed the concerns of the Boris Johnson-led government.

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