Pakistani journalists from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Thursday rejected the proposed law 'Pakistan Media Development Authority' (PMDA). He has called it against the fundamental rights provided by the constitution. According to a report by The News International, journalists belonging to various news organizations, members of Peshawar Press Club, and Khyber Union of Journalists (KHUJ) passed a unanimous resolution after a one-day symposium.
Journalists associated with various news organizations and press associations termed the PMDA Act against Article 19 of the country's Constitution, which gives people the right to freedom of speech and expression. The groups also pointed out that the proposed law would not only deprive journalists and media organizations of the freedom of the press, but also civil society, students, lawyers, teachers, lawmakers, trade unions, political, religious activists, and the country's 22 crore people. deprived of his fundamental rights.
Experts say that Pakistan's press freedom is at risk. The Imran Khan-led government of the country is bringing new laws to ban the media, one of which is to implement the Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA).
Author Mehmil Khalid cited an assessment report 'Pakistan Freedom of Expression Report 2020' released by Media Matters for Democracy (MMFD) to say that the country has performed poorly on all indicators that determine free speech. He said that during the Corona epidemic, Pakistan has further increased digital censorship.
Pakistan has scored 30 out of 100 in the Assessment Report Index. Analysts say this proves the fact that the government has banned freedom of expression and not allowed people to talk specifically about the pandemic and related information.