Pakistan's stringent new media law stirs controversy

Pakistan's stringent new media law stirs controversy

Pakistan is seeking the ratification of a new media law that would empower the government to tighten its control over the media, prompting fears that the country's press freedom might deteriorate even more.

The new law –still in a draft stage-, the Pakistan Media Development Authority Ordinance, aims to repeal several existing media laws, to set up a regulatory body to oversee print, electronic, and digital media, with its members selected by the president on the advice of the federal government. Moreover, the body (PMDA) has the authority to order the confiscation of equipment at a television station or the closing of the premises of a media outlet without any warning.

The proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) Ordinance has been rejected by media organizations representing publishers, journalists, broadcasters, editors, and news directors, who have described it as an unconstitutional and draconian law against freedom of press and expression, as well as a step toward imposing state control over all segments of the media.

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/pakistans-stringent-new-media-law-stirs-controversy/articleshow/83458021.cms