Pakistan rejects HRW report on proposed Media Development Authority
Pakistan on Wednesday rejected Human Rights Watch report on Pakistan Media Development Authority terming it ‘misleading and fabricated’.
The External Publicity Wing of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, in a statement, regretted that the US-based body did not bother to check factual position from the concerned government office.
“Presently there are half a dozen outdated laws to regulate the media which do not match with the modern-day requirement,” it said underscoring that it was in the public interest that Pakistan introduces holistic policies to cope with the challenges of fake news, disinformation, hate speech and copyright violations.
The statement added that Pakistan Media Development Authority is under consideration to address the challenges and to make Pakistan a major global center for multimedia information and content services.
The External Publicity Wing further said the consultation process is ongoing with all the stakeholders for the establishment of the authority.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhary Fawad Hussain has given a detailed presentation to the joint sitting of Senate and National Assembly Standing Committees on Information and Broadcasting as well as the federal cabinet, which negates the impression that the proposed bill is being kept secret.
The ministry called for an apology on the wrong and fabricated report and cautioned that Pakistan reserves the right to pursue a legal course.
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