Media Regulatory Bodies to be merged into one top body: Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: On Wednesday, federal information minister Fawad Chaudhry announced that after reviewing the role of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) and the Press Council of Pakistan (PCP), it has been decided eventually that all regulatory authorities will be merged into one top body — Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority.

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While speaking to the media, Chaudhry said that in coordination with “our media friends”, the government has decided to do away with Pemra and PCP, and constitute a new body “which will not only look after electronic media but also print and cyber media [social media]”.

“There should be one regulatory authority to look at all mediums, and the same laws and censors should apply across the board,” he added.

According to Chaudhry, this proposal would also save the government’s resources. “All authorities will be merged into one body of professionals, which will also include media representatives.”

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