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Negligible number of responses of quarter-page advertisements

Prominent, quarter-page advertisements containing the text of the nine Terms of Reference of the Commission were published in all leading newspapers of Pakistan in Urdu, Sindhi and English. The advertisements invited members of the public and forums with a special interest in media policies and issues to provide their own views to benefit the Commission. […]

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Opinion of the Media Commission about Print and Electronic Media

The Commission is of the opinion that both print media and electronic media individually and through their representative bodies, as also advertisers need to conduct sober, self-critical introspection to review, reform and renew their respective roles and responsibilities. At the same time, both Federal and Provincial Legislatures, and Federal and Provincial Governments need to conduct […]

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The Four categories of Media

Print Media e.g. Newspapers and magazines with easy conditions of entry for publishers and editors, without differentiation between authentic, credible print media and on the other, a large number of “dummy publications”. Both types enjoy high levels of freedom of expression and in many instances also receive substantial benefits from Government-controlled advertising, irrespective of whether […]

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Negative facets of News Media

1. Lack of adequate, comprehensive training in print journalism and in broadcast journalism before persons are given the opportunity to become reporters, anchors, news readers, content controllers, etc. 2. Advertisers virtually dictate prime time content preferences by using a narrow, relatively non-representative, heavily urban and consumption oriented rating system to pressurize channels into cut-throat competition […]

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Positive facets of News Media

1. In place of historic monopoly, a new range of choice for citizens, in news source-brands and in languages: Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Balochi, Seraiki, Pushto. 2. Candid, robust debate on politics and current affairs in Pakistan on a daily basis. 3. Instant news coverage for 24-hours a day, seven days a week, followed by simultaneous, […]

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