Govt does not want to impose any curb on media: NA panel informed

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 10 (APP): A sub-committee of the National Assembly Standing Committee of Information Broadcasting and National Heritage (IBNH) on Wednesday was informed that the government does not want to impose any curb on the media.

The meeting, held under the convenership of Imran Leghari, MNA was attended by Talal Chaudhry and Daniyal Aziz, who attended the meeting on a special invitation.

Acting Secretary IBNH, Saba Mohsin Raza, Chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Absar Alam and Member Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA), Mir Ibrahim also attended the meeting.

Talal Chaudhry said that media channels should verify facts before airing the stories.

He said that on Tuesday, stories about tweets from a fake account of PM’s daughter were telecast without verification.

Daniyal Aziz said that the government had no intention to impose any curb on the media as in democracy it points out weaknesses in the government policies.

He called for effective implementation of media related rules and regulations.

Imran Leghari said strengthening of PEMRA as regulator was responsibility of all the stakeholders.

Chairman PEMRA Absar Alam said that after the Quetta blast, news channels were advised not to telecast interview of the man, who was about to die, but they did not pay any heed.
Moreover, he said that various channels indulged in character assassination of different personalities and at the end display a disclaimer on the screen, which was against the ethics.