Govt to replace PEMRA, PCP with new regulatory authority: Fawad

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Govt to replace PEMRA, PCP with new regulatory authority: Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday announced a new, unified regulatory authority is being established to replace the existing Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and Press Council of Pakistan.
This was stated by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhdary during media interaction outside parliament house in Islamabad today.
He said the merger would help save national resources as the new regulatory body would look after electronic, print and social media simultaneously.
The Minister said Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority would be a world class entity consisting of professionals and also representatives from media.
Speaking about state television, Chaudhry reiterated that his ministry has ended censorship of state media and the state television channel will broadcast whatever happens in the Parliament.
He said the public’s money will not be used by the government for personal advertisements. Slamming the rival Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, he said, “PML-N government sustained itself through advertisements.”
Criticising Maulana Fazlur Rahman’s bid for presidential election, Chaudhry said everyone can see how serious Maulana Fazl is for presidency.
“For Maulana Fazl, the Parliament is ‘bogus’ and the votes are ‘fake’, but he wants to become president by obtaining votes from this same Parliament,” the minister remarked.

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