PEMRA

Inquiry ordered to find real culprits trying to create rift between Govt and Media” Marriyum Aurangzeb

ISLAMABAD,  Minister of state for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Ms.Marriyum Aurangzeb talking to the media outside parliament house today about news reports regarding promulgation of an Ordinance by the government to put curbs on the print media and creation of a regulatory body on the pattern of PEMRA , clarified that neither any such proposal was ever discussed in the ministry nor she had passed any orders in this regard as ascribed to her in the letters that were sent to the Press Council by an officer of the ministry. She said that a formal inquiry had been ordered with a time-line of three days to find the real culprits who were trying to create rift between the government and the media and the accused would not be excused. The minister dissociated herself from the said letters which formed the basis of the media reports. She said that during a briefing of the Press Council of Pakistan, when she assumed the charge of the ministry of Information, Broadcasting and Natrional Heritage, she had expressed the opinion that with a view to facilitate the media and resolving their difficulties concerning their dealings with the ministry, the office of the Audit Bureau of Circulation, Press Registrar and Press Council of Pakistan be merged to make it a one window operation. No formal orders were issued for drafting of any legislation or ordinance, the minister added. The minister revealed that even the Prime Minister had also inquired about the issue. She said that an informal inquiry conducted in the ministry in the

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