Day: August 25, 2013

Terms of Reference No. C

Vital and essential role of state-owned electronic media

Thus, to recap: One view about TOR No. C is that, “Yes”, that the government and its instrumentalities have a valid right and role to be major players in electronic media and that this presence is entirely consistent with the fundamental right under Article 19 which it does not contradict in any way. From this […]

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Terms of Reference No. C

A response to this particular Term of Reference No. C

A response to this particular. TOR No. C is already partly covered by the Observations and Recommendations for TOR No. A. Further, other aspects of TOR No. C e.g. with regard to whether the Government or its instrumentalities should be major players in the media through State television and radio broadcasters will also be partly […]

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Terms of Reference No. E

TOR No. E

Minister or a Minister for visits such acceptance of complimentary support also erodes the capacity for independent journalism. Acceptance of secret payments from institutions other than the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in the public sector e.g. other Ministries and Departments, civil and military intelligence agencies or the private corporate sector. 4. Prevention of independent […]

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Terms of Reference No. B

Reforms required in policies and actions should be addressed

Views held and expressed by civil society organizations, specially forums engaged with women’s empowerment, human rights, children’s rights, minorities’ rights and other advocacy groups about reforms required in PEMRA’s policies and actions should be effectively addressed through a process by which PEMRA invites these forums for regular exchanges of views.

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Terms of Reference No. B

Renewed efforts for hearings and disposal of cases dealings

It is recommended that renewed efforts be made for expeditious hearings and disposal of the large number of cases dealing with electronic media on which stay orders are in operation.

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Terms of Reference No. B

Concerns and complaints expressed by stakeholders should be addressed

Concerns and complaints expressed by PBA, Cable TV distributors, advertisers, advertising agencies and other stakeholders should be addressed by PEMRA through regular, structured dialogue with such stakeholders and groups.

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Terms of Reference No. B

Actions to prevent the smuggling and open sale of DTH

To enable PEMRA to credibly curb the telecast of pirated / smuggled / illicit content from India, USA, and other sources, other government entities, Federal and Provincial such as, the Federal Board of Revenue / Customs, Federal Investigation Agency, Police Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies should take visible actions to prevent the smuggling and open […]

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Terms of Reference No. B

PEMRA should freeze the issuance of licenses for TV channels

Till the transition to digital broadcast technology is completed, PEMRA should freeze the issuance of any more licenses for TV channels because there is already a glut of numbers in analogue-based technology.

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Terms of Reference No. B

PEMRA, PBA, COA, PAS, AAP need to review policies and practices

To enable fair, cooperative, non-litigious regulation by PEMRA, Pakistan Broadcasters’ Association, Cable TV Operators Association, Pakistan Advertisers’ Society, and Advertising Association of Pakistan need to review their own existing policies and practices. This should ensure compliance by their members of their respective obligations to render public service duties and provide public interest content. Media should […]

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Terms of Reference No. B

PEMRA should formulate policy for unfair impact of foreign content

Till the time that the proposed new legislation and restructuring of PEMRA is agreed upon and implemented: To encourage and promote the rich reservoir of talent and skills in the Pakistani people for creative drama, entertainment and content with tasteful popular appeal, PEMRA should formulate an appropriate policy that protects producers, directors, writers, actors and […]

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Terms of Reference No. B

Directions that should be made to PEMRA

PEMRA should be directed to formulate a fair, transparent policy to issue licenses on a non-auction basis, without applying a commercial approach, for community-based electronic media. PEMRA should be directed to revise its discriminatory exclusion of NGOs registered as social welfare associations, societies, trusts, not-for-profit joint-stock companies from being eligible applicants for community-based electronic media. […]

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Terms of Reference No. B

Recommendations of the aims expressed in the legislation and models of regulatory forums

(i) Based on a comprehensive appraisal of the original aims expressed in the legislation that introduced private electronic media to Pakistan, and with reference to models of regulatory forums in countries with democratic systems, the Commission makes the following Recommendations for the consideration of the Hon’ble Court and for the consideration of the new National […]

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Terms of Reference No. A

New and alternative names for Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

The Commission recommends that in order to reflect a re-structured Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, new and alternative names are also considered for this Ministry. (i) The traditional association of the title : “Ministry of Information and Broadcasting” with the production of propaganda for the Government of-the-day is so strongly identified with a one-sided, power-centric […]

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Terms of Reference No. A

Substantive reform of Federal and Provincial Information Ministries

The Commission concludes that the Federal Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the four Provincial Departments of Information require substantive re-structuring by which:- i. certain departments and functions should be either abolished, or significantly reformed, in order to ensure that the continued functioning of this institutional framework does not impede or obstruct the fulfilment of […]

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Terms of Reference No. A

Converged a wide range of Media and Systems

The unprecedented relationship between information and the people symbolized by the emergence of the cell-phone as a compact hand-held device have converged a wide range of media and systems. These include the telephone, the camera, the computer, the satellite, the internet, battery-powered illumination, email, cinema, TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, books, social media such as Twitter, […]

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