Pakistan’s proposed media development authority could further curb freedom of media

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Journalists in London protest against the proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA). Screenshot via YouTube by Murtaza Ali Shah. Fair use. In May 2021, the government of Pakistan proposed the formation of a new media regulatory authority called the Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA). According to journalists, human rights activists, and lawyers, this would give the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) government more powers to restrict the independence of media and tighten control over journalists. Pakistan has a number of different agencies that regulate broadcasters, print and …

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