Pakistan responded to a dispatch by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) Affiliate Asia Director, Patricia Gossman, on the proposed media invoice. Pakistan condemned the claims of the organisation and termed the assertion “factually incorrect”.
“The assertion of Human Rights Watch is factually incorrect as there isn’t any plan to introduce the regulatory physique by way of an ordinance,” learn the letter from Pakistan’s Embassy in Washington DC.
The letter additional added, “HRW is misled and its assertion relies on rumour and gossip.”
“Within the public curiosity, like different developed international locations, we have to introduce holistic coverage responses to the challenges of faux information, disinformation, hate speech, abusive content material, privateness points, copyright violations on the rising info communication applied sciences.”
The letter additional states, “Therefore, as per international greatest practices and impartial regulatory physique – Pakistan Media Growth Authority is into consideration for addressing challenges and necessities for convergent media of the twenty first century to make Pakistan a serious international heart for multimedia info and content material providers.”
Patricia Gossman took to Twitter and wrote, “Wow. You will have recognized no inaccuracies in our article and you’ve got failed to offer a draft of the legislation. What are you hiding?”
In the meantime, in its assertion, HRW stated, “The federal government claims an ordinance organising the Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) would substitute the ‘fractured’ regulatory setting and fragmented media rules at the moment in place. The proposed PMDA would convey all media in Pakistan – print, tv, radio, movies, and digital media – beneath one regulator.”
The proposed legislation would additionally enhance authorities management by permitting authorities officers to be appointed to key positions.
With journalists beneath relentless assault for doing their jobs, the Pakistan authorities must cease attempting to manage reporters and as an alternative begin defending media freedom, added HRW.