The federal government has taken the decision to dissolve PEMRA—Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority and has decided to form a new regulator for the media and social networks. Fawad Chaudhry—the federal Information Minister made this announcement on Thursday.
The information minister informed that the government was disbanding PEMRA and instead of it establishing a new supervising authority having enough powers to manage the print, electronic and social media.
He said that the freedom that the Pakistani media has enjoyed could be compared with any developed nation. The present issues faced by the media today are the result of the media’s own faulty business plans.
Fawad Chaudhry said this all while addressing a conference on “National Security, Nation-building and Mass Media” in the federal capital.
He further added that the difficulties would further be expanding as they rely on the cash inflow from the ex-governments in the name of ads.
He also mentioned that as globalization and artificial intelligence has arrived, alongside many industries the media industry would also get influenced and might even shrink.
The information minister also said that the damaged structure of print media might be leading to more reductions in jobs in the coming days.
He insisted upon the revision of policies while keeping a check on the global trends for acquiring international standards.
He also announced about the establishment of Pakistan’s first government-owned Media University.
The decision is in accordance with the instructions of the Prime Minister—Imran Khan who is very encouraging and positive about the use of the latest technology.
Fawad Chaudhry said that the government was trying to form a media policy that is as per the current period. It would be such that even the experts would get amazed by the fields of creativity and technology being offered at the media university.