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Executive Summary of the Media Commission Report

The report of the media commission constituted by the supreme court of Pakistan on 15th January, 2013 covers nine Terms of Reference (TORs) No. A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H and I.

This document contains the following five Sections:

1. Executive Summary of Recommendations in Part-Two of the Report.

2. Detailed Findings, Observations, and Recommendations by the Commission on 9 Terms of Reference as per details above.

3. Notes on Meetings held with 166 individuals and 81 representatives of organizations/institutions (subsequent to 21st March, 2013, the only additional person and organization met with is the Director-General, ISPR).

4. Seventeen Annexures as per list.

5. Summary of Financial Statement/Accounts with related material. (Detailed Account in Ledger and Accounts File are being submitted separately to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting).

Browse Media Commission Report by TORs:

Terms of Reference No. A
Consider the role of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and other Government agencies in ensuring freedom of print and electronic media consistent with Article 19 of the Constitution.

Terms of Reference No. B
Analyze whether and to what extent PEMRA has been able to fulfill its developmental mandate and regulatory functions independently under the PEMRA Ordinance.

Terms of Reference No. C
Determine if it advances or is consistent with the fundamental right under Article 19 to allow the Government to be major players in the media through State Television and Radio.

Terms of Reference No. D
Ascertain if PTV, PBC and APP have independent in-house management and transparent policies and there are adequate checks against lop-sided or biased dissemination of information.

Terms of Reference No. E
Consider the feasibility of letting the media adopt a self-regulatory code of conduct instead of content regulation, in the light of international standards and best practices.

Terms of Reference No. F
Enquire into allegations of media-related corruption and suggest steps to ensure impartial and independent media for the upcoming elections.

Terms of Reference No. G
Inquire whether the government or its functionaries pursing a transparent, duly approved, bona fide advertisement allocation policy or the decisions to buy advertisement are without criteria.

Terms of Reference No. H
Propose a single, transparent, objective, non-discriminatory policy for allocation of Government advertisements among electronic and print media.

Terms of Reference No. I
Determine if Federal and Provincial Governments adhere to PPRA rules or other transparent processes while granting advertisement contracts to advertising agencies or media houses.