Journalists stage a sit-in protest outside Parliament House in Islamabad to demonstrate against the government’s proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA).
Journalists and media bodies have rejected the government’s proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) terming it as an outrageous move by the government to put more curbs on the media.
Today’s protest was joined in by various political parties, journalistic organizations, bar councils, and civil society.
Some prominent TV anchors hold talk shows from the site of the sit-in joined in with opposition party leaders, including Bilawal Bhutto and Shahbaz Sharif.
جب تک اس کالے قانون کو دفن نہیں کیا جاتا ہم آپ کے ساتھ ہیں، میں اپنی پارٹی اور میاں نوازشریف کیطرف سے یہ یقین دلانا چاہتا ہوں کہ ہم آپکو مایوس نہیں کریں گے۔ انشاءاللّٰہ— ووٹ کو عزت دو 🇵🇰 (@ImranWahid144) September 13, 2021
صدر پاکستان مسلم لیگ (ن) شہبازشریف کا صحافیوں کے احتجاجی دھرنے سے خطاب۔ pic.twitter.com/d6oD4qcT0x
Watch ‘News eye’ special from journalists protest against gov proposed PMDA outside the parliament. pic.twitter.com/xAEnAD4nvP— Absa Komal (@AbsaKomal) September 13, 2021
Earlier, the opposition members staged a protest during the joint sitting of Parliament and chanted slogans for freedom of media.
The opposition had boycotted the session in protest over the electronic voting machine and Pakistan Media Development Authority.
A joint sitting of the Parliament was held under the chairmanship of Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser. President Dr. Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, Speaker National Assembly, Chairman Senate, Leader of Opposition Shehbaz Sharif, and other opposition leaders including Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also attended the session.
On Saturday, the Parliamentary Reporters Association had announced to boycott Dr. Alvi’s presidential address in Parliament to protest the government’s attempt to impose the PMD.
A joint committee of the media organizations in the country had already unanimously rejected the government’s attempt to establish the PMDA.
The government intends to regulate films, electronic, print, and digital media, including Web TV and news websites, through the proposed law seeking to set up the PMDA, while repealing all the current media-related laws.