President wants PEMRA to ‘fend off fake news’

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – June 9, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The president Arif Alvi said, on Tuesday, that spreading false news is against the spirit of Islam and it is the moral obligation of the editorial boards of media houses as well as the ulema to play their role in guiding and educating the people to overcome the challenge.

According to a press release, he expressed these views while talking to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) chairman Muhammad Saleem Baig, who called on him, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, in the federal capital.

President Alvi urged PEMRA to ensure the dissemination of unbiased, accurate and verified information through electronic media so as to curb the scourge of fake news.

He called for discouraging the culture of fake news as it creates chaos in the society as well as misleads the people.

President Alvi said that the media needs to play its role in promoting ethical and moral values and avoid spreading false information.

He urged PEMRA to improve standards of information, education and entertainment by optimising the free flow of information.

PEMRA chairman Baig presented the annual report 2019-2020 to the president and briefed him about the role of his organisation in facilitating and promoting free and independent electronic media.

He also highlighted the steps taken for promoting true and accurate information in the country.

President Alvi said that the society is facing the challenge of false news and it is the responsibility of the concerned stakeholders to avoid disseminating fake news as it creates many problems for the people.

He appreciated the performance of PEMRA and assured the chairman of his full support.