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Government announces digital media policy, promises growth of newspaper industry

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Fawad Chaudhry has expressed that the incumbent government would put forth its own digital media policy within a month, seeking the support of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS).

In an interaction with the office bearers of APNS on Friday, the lawmaker affirmed that the government believed in freedom of speech and would take measures for the promotion of newspaper industry.

The delegation led by Secretary General Sarmad Ali and comprising Umer Mujib Shami and Sohail Warraich among others discussed with the minister, an effective mechanism for advertisements and the overall situation of the print media.

During the meeting, the legislator asserted that the government was well aware of the fact that thousands of citizens are associated with the industry and a complete shutdown of advertisements would inflict an irreparable damage on the sector.

‘APNS should also put forth suggestions for a transparent and fair distribution of advertisements,’ informed the politician.

Fawad Chaudhry clarified that expectations should not be attached to the incumbent government about advertisements in an unbridled manner, as executed by the previous Pakistan Muslim league Nawaz government.

He, however, underscored that advertisements in a fair manner would be given to the newspapers to be published.

‘If Pakistan’s economic situation is improved, it will have a positive impact on the newspaper industry as well,’ highlighted the minister.

The information minister also brought the attention of visiting delegation towards the fact that the newspaper industry should be revamped in line with modern techniques.

There is a dire need of readjustment as per the changing trends, added the minister.

Fawad Chaudhry, who recently took charge as the minister, also vowed to establish a media university in the country, for which he enlisted the support of APNS.

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