Marriyum, media action committee resolve to enact legislation for curbing fake news.

ISLAMABAD -- Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb and delegation of the Media Joint Action Committee (JAC) in a meeting on Saturday decided to enact a legislation for curbing the fake news.

The meeting also decided to add a provision in the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) law to end fake news which had not only harmed the national interest, but also had an adverse impact on the national cohesion and unity.

Marriyum Aurangzeb assured the JAC members that the present government, under

the leadership of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, would not compromise in any way on the right of freedom of expression.

PM Shehbaz Sharif was striving to promote the constitutional and fundamental right of freedom of expression, she added.

Lashing out at the previous regime for the media gag, she said only democratic leaders valued and believed in the right of freedom of expression. 'Free and independent media provides shield to the politicians and we will strengthen it further,' she added.

She regretted that the last four years proved to be devastating for the people, politics and journalism. Attempts were made to deprive people of their independence by muzzling the media through closure of television channels and programmes, she added.

The minister said the media industry was destroyed by the previous government which also created the worst economic issues for the country.

She said the incumbent government was fully cognizant of the problems faced by the journalist community and intended to reverse the damage caused by the previous government...

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