The Association of All Pakistani Newspapers (APNS) rejected the proposal to establish “media courts” announced by Dr. Firdoush Awan, Deputy Prime Minister of Media and Broadcasting, urging that “the federal government withdraw.”
In a joint statement issued by APNS President Hamid Haroun and Secretary General Sarmad Ali, shortly after Dr. Awan’s announcement, APNS said that he “strongly rejects the establishment of media courts as proposed by Dr. Al-Fardoush A’ayan Awan, a special assistant to the Prime Minister for Information Affairs.
They reported that the media were already facing strong pressure in the form of press notices and intimidation measures by the uncontrolled authorities.
“The proposed media courts will be an additional and institutional means to twist the media arm and reflect the mentality of the current power center, which aims to curb opposition voices by all means,” they added.
With emphasis on existing forums and institutions, the organization said: “APNS staff noted that, with a forum for conflict resolution and complaints such as the Press Council of Pakistan and Pemra [Pakistan’s Electronic Media Regulation Authority] , there was no justification for forming special media courts.
“They urged the federal government to withdraw the proposal from the media court immediately if it did not intend to stifle the media in the country.
“APNS reiterates its determination to protect press and expression freedoms in the country and to continue to play the role of observer of the rights of the peoples of Pakistan.”
Earlier in the day, Dr. Awan told reporters, after meeting with office officials at the Pakistan Broadcasting Association (PBA), about channeling initiatives to revitalize the media industry to protect Workers.
The Government planned to establish information courts to ensure rapid justice for media workers, as well as a new advertising and licensing policy for 58 new television channels, including 8 news and current affairs.
The Special Assistant also stated that the Government was working for a mechanism such as the Press Council in consultation with the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBA) to effectively address issues related to media personnel and personnel, including sudden cuts in personal.
Dr. Awan said that the media courts will only listen to complaints and media problems, and help provide justice to those affected in the shortest possible time.
Dr. Awan said that the media courts would also deal with the problems between PEMRA and cable operators, who used to appear before the courts for any PEMRA action, which would lead to delays in the implementation of the decisions. PEMRA policies.
She said the ministry would like to play an effective role in solving the problems of media workers and in protecting their rights.
“My ministry will act as a bridge between media and staff roles,” he said.