May 28, 2021
ISLAMABAD—The proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority Ordinance 2021 will regulate films, electronic, print, and digital media in Pakistan.
The aim is to create an independent, efficient, effective and transparent body to regulate all forms of media.
Functions of PMDA:
PDMA will have separate directorates for electronic, print, and digital/films. The authority can also set up other sub-directorates or branches within each directorate to carry out its functions. These sub-directorates or wings may include licensing, enforcement, legal, administration, human resource, finance, audit, technical or engineering, monitoring, and other such wings.
The Authority will issue licenses for electronic, print, and digital media in the following categories:
Provincial and regional
District and tehsil level
Local Area and community-based
Specific and specialized subjects
International scale, targeting countries abroad
Other categories as the authority may prescribe from time to time
The Authority shall have exclusive right to issue licenses for the establishment and operation of all electronic, print, and digital media services, provided that this exclusive right shall be used by the Authority in conformity with the principles of fairness and equity applied to all potential applicants for licenses whose eligibility shall be based on prescribed criteria notified in advance.
Media Complaints Council: The federal government shall, by notification in the official gazette, establish Media Complaints Council at Islamabad, the provincial capitals, Sukkur, Multan, Gwadar, Gilgit, Muzaffarabad and also at other places as the federal government may determine.
Each Council shall receive, scrutinize, investigate and review complaints made by persons or organizations from the general public against any aspects of news, analysis, programs on print, broadcast, films and online platforms or distributed by any media service provider established through a license or registration certificate, declaration and NOC issued by the Authority and complaint from media workers for nonpayment of wages.
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