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Journalists stage sit-in protest outside the parliament house against proposed PMDA

Today's protest was joined in by various political parties, journalistic organizations, bar councils, and civil society.

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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.

 

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.

the authorSaman Siddiqui
Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.