Media professionals applaud President Alvi’s support for key PEMRA Amendment Bill

President Alvi's Signing of the PEMRA Amendment Bill receives a warm acknowledgement from Media Joint Action Committee

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In a momentous development, the Media Joint Action Committee (JAC) has extended its heartfelt appreciation to President Dr Arif Alvi for the formal endorsement and subsequent signing of the long-awaited PEMRA Amendment Bill 2023. The bill’s approval marks a significant stride towards fortifying media regulations in Pakistan, media reported on Thursday.

The notable occasion took place on Tuesday, August 15, when President Alvi, in an official capacity, affixed his signature to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Amendment Bill 2023. This noteworthy step forward was subsequently announced through an official press release emanating from the President’s House.
The committee, representing a collaborative effort within the media sector, enthusiastically conveyed its favourable stance on the bill’s passage, heralding it as a decisive move in the right direction. While the journey towards ensuring unrestricted media expression and upholding press freedom is an ongoing one, the committee expressed its conviction that the current amendment signifies a notable stride forward.

The official press release from the President’s House shed light on the legislative trajectory of the bill, emphasizing its approval in alignment with the provisions outlined in Article 75 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. With President Alvi’s endorsement, the PEMRA Amendment Bill 2023 transforms into an official act, signifying a milestone achievement in the realm of media governance.

As the ink dried on the bill, media professionals and stakeholders across the nation echoed their appreciation for President Alvi’s instrumental role in fostering an environment that facilitates responsible and transparent media practices. The signing of the amendment bill stands as a testament to the government’s commitment to evolving media regulations in line with contemporary challenges and opportunities.

The Media Joint Action Committee looks forward to the positive impact that the PEMRA Amendment Bill 2023 will have on shaping a dynamic media landscape that respects both the freedom of expression and the ethical standards integral to responsible journalism.

This monumental step underscores the nation’s progress towards a more robust and adaptive media regulatory framework, echoing the spirit of progress and reform set forth by President Alvi’s endorsement.

Shaheer Gul Khan is a final-year student of English Literature at Government College University (GCU) Lahore. Strives to create a challenging and engaging environment having editor skills in freelancing, a goal-oriented. He can be reached at Twitter @HafizShaheerGu1.