ONLY SUPERIOR IDEAS WILL PREVAIL IN MEDIA-Fawad Chaudhary addresses ITU’s Afkare Taza ThinkFest
Wherever the freedom of others is compromised or code of conduct of society is not followed, we will regulate the media as finally only superior ideas will prevail in media. Fawad Chaudhary Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting while addressing a panel discussion on ‘Does Pakistan need a new media model?’ in the third edition of Information Technology University (ITU) Centre for Governance and Policy’s Afkare Taza ThinkFest Conference on second and concluding day here today.
The Minister said that parameters of the constitution have to be followed and dependence of news media on government must go down by revamping their models as the digital media and modern technology would take over both print and electronic media since technology was going on its pace. Nowhere in the world news channels depend on the government, however, there was a need to establish media regulatory authority for all kind of mediums, he stated.
He further said that we intended to regulate social media to squeeze hate speech as now cellular phone was the main media tool while we were establishing media university in accordance with modern media trends to produce skilled workforce. I was never in favor of ban on Indian media, he remarked.
He informed that PCB Cricket channel, which would also telecast other sports and kids channel were being established.
Fahad Hussain a senior journalist said that global digital disruption in natural flow was hitting Pakistan, content model was also being changed while migration of audience was also visible. The media owners were required to induct editor institution while correction should be internal as there were pressures from non-state and state elements, he said.
Owais Tohid a media expert appealed to the government to make gradual reduction in advertisements and flawed media model should not be made as a reason. Nowadays editors’ role was less and media was in the hands of state owned to seth owned while media should not be told for periodicity of positive news as the self-regulation was the best regulation for media. Revenue from government on advertisement was 20 % and due to low growth and devaluation commercial revenue from private sector resulted in 40 % reduction, which has squeezed the media and layoff of media workers on massive scale, he informed.
Mehmal Sarfaraz a media person who moderated the discussion termed social movements as social revolution and urged to accept their rightful demands while unacceptable could be discussed. The discussion was followed by Q & A session from the audience.