Pakistani information channels to face fantastic by as much as Rs10mn for airing faux information beneath Pemra Modification Invoice 2023

 ISLAMABAD – The Standing Committee on Info and Broadcasting in NA gave the final nod to the Pakistan Digital Media Regulatory Authority PEMRA (Modification) Invoice, 2023 with a warning of hefty fines on broadcasters to air disinformation.

The NA Committee assembly led by Javaria Zafar Aheer permitted the invoice, whereas Info Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb and different ruling alliance members hailed the invoice modification, calling it historic.

Minister mentioned media employees have been empowered to file complaints within the Council of Complaints. She mentioned it took greater than a yr for the coalition authorities to organize the amended invoice after detailed consultations have been all stakeholders.

She talked about redefining faux information, disinformation, and misinformation within the Modification Invoice, and beneath the brand new invoice, the fantastic for airing false information has been elevated to Rs10 million.

At the least 9 clauses, of the Pakistan Digital Media Regulatory Authority invoice, have been modified, whereas, 5 new ones 20, 20-A, 29A, 30B, and 39A have been launched.

Minister mentioned public leisure, training, and data have been improved, and it focuses on content material associated to tolerance in society, normal growth, vitality, and financial growth.

Below the brand new invoice, airing advertisements can't exceed 5 minutes throughout a daily program on mainstream channels.

Unions of media employees together with the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and Pakistan Broadcasters Affiliation (PBA) have been briefed in regards to the PEMRA legislation.

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