Pak asks HRW to seek apology over report on Media Development Authority

ISLAMABAD, Aug 25 (Manend News): Pakistan has termed Human Rights Watch
(HRW) report regarding Media Development Authority as misleading and

A statement issued by the External Publicity Wing of Ministry of Information
and Broadcasting, regretted that the US based body did not bother to check
factual position from the concerned government office.
According to the statement, presently there are a half dozen outdated laws
to regulate the media which do not match with the modern day requirement.
Therefore in the public interest like other countries, we need to introduce
holistic policy responses to cope with the challenges of fake news,
disinformation, hate speech and copy right violations.
The statement reads that Pakistan Media Development Authority is under
consideration to address the challenges and to make Pakistan a major global
center for multimedia information and content services.
The External Publicity Wing further said the consultation process is
continuing with the stakeholders for the establishment of the Authority.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhary Fawad Hussain has
given a detailed presentation to the joint sitting of Senate and National
Assembly Standing Committees on Information and Broadcasting as well as
the federal cabinet, which negates the impression that the proposed bill is
being kept secret.
Human Rights Watch has been asked to seek apology on a wrong and
fabricated report else Pakistan reserves the right to pursue the legal course.

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