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PEMRA discover on protection of cupboard conferences akin to gagging the media: AEMEND

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KARACHI: The Affiliation of Digital Media Editors and Information Administrators (AEMEND) on Wednesday stated it “strongly objects” to the latest restrictions on TV channels “in the name of ‘advice’” to report on proceedings of the Federal Cupboard by means of sources.

In response to a press release launched by the affiliation: “AEMEND is of the firm view that if there is news concerning the proceedings and decisions of the Federal Cabinet, and official circles decline to say anything on the record, it is the responsibility of the media to report matters of public interest.”

It stated that senior authorities officers themselves every so often present info on cupboard proceedings whereas requesting anonymity.

“AMEND further notes that the federal government has the right to contradict or clarify the news reported,” the assertion stated.

The affiliation stated that PEMRA’s discover “is tantamount to gagging the media simply for attempting to do its job and keep the public informed”.

AEMEND President Azhar Abbas stated that relatively than performing as an unbiased regulator, PEMRA is changing into a device to impose censorship.

“This and more such advice and actions to curb media freedom is making PEMRA more controversial,” Abbas stated.

AEMEND Secretary Common Ammad Yousuf stated that media freedom is enshrined within the Structure and any try to limit will probably be resisted at each degree by the media.

“The government and Ministry of Information should take note of PEMRA’s attempt to impose censorship,” Yousuf stated.

Terming the recommendation “unacceptable”, AEMEND has requested all journalist unions and media organisations to collectively take a stand “against this calculated move to push censorship and undermine constitutionally guaranteed freedom of the media”.

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