ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Thursday said the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf will not amend or introduce any new media law without consultation with the media representatives.
Speaking during the meeting of Council of Pakistan Newspapers’ Editors Council (CPNE) here, Hussain said the government believed in freedom of expression and regulation did not mean censorship.
He said that for good legislation, consensus among all the stakeholders was needed and the government would take opposition parties on-board before introducing new legislation.
The minister said that freedom achieved by media during past few decades was a landmark achievement and which was unique in third world countries.
He clarified that a new media authority would be established to replace the existing Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and Press Council of Pakistan and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
The unified authority, he said, would provide one-window facility to the media outlets and the general public for redressal of the complaints, adding the measure would help save national resources as the new regulatory body would look after electronic, print and social media simultaneously.
He said that the government has decided to constitute the Information Commission under the Right to Information Act (RTI) enacted last year and first information commissioner would be appointed within one month time to ensure access to the information.
He said access to information for media and general public was vital to ensure transparency and good governance.
The minister said that the PTI government has started implementing its manifesto and taken unprecedented initiatives to put the country on the path to progress and prosperity. —APP