NR&W: Discussing The New Proposed PEMRA Ordinance Amendment

Around a week ago, Dawn ran a story about a proposed amendment in the PEMRA ordinance and what it means for the Pakistani media. Read the story here.

A new media watchdog non-profit, Media Matters for Pakistan, has produced a couple of video programmes on the amendment.

In the first video, Bilal Dar, the secretary-general of the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Union of Journalists, provides the union’s official view on the amendment, and in the second video, journalist Fahad Desmukh and freelance writer Nadia Naviwala comment on the implications of the amendment on press freedom.

PEMRA (Amendment) Act 2015 from Media Matters for Democracy on Vimeo.

Media Par Nazar - Episode 1 - PEMRA Amendment Act 2015 and its implications on media freedom in Pakistan from Media Matters for Democracy on Vimeo.

What do you think about the amendment? Use the comments section below to discuss.

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2 Responses to “NR&W: Discussing The New Proposed PEMRA Ordinance Amendment”

  1. Mohammad Sohaib April 8, 2015 at 01:46 # Reply

    The proposed amendment tells us more about the partiality of a so called independent regulation body. Only if PEMRA starts to regulate channels over the existing laws, these amendments won’t be needed at all. The problem lies at the very heart of PEMRA’s existence.

  2. Sheher Bano April 9, 2015 at 13:50 # Reply

    PEMRA is an institute that is regulated more by the government influence. Shifting of broadcast would mean that any violation is first addressed by the government and secondly, since it will be airing through national satellite, the government or PEMRA (which is influenced by the government) has the right to cancel the broadcasting of a channel. Anything said against the present government can lead to cancelling of license/suspension or any related matter if channels shift to the national satellite. It is more of a governmental control over the existing channel, without answering the ITU which might lead to less freedom of media.

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