Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has announced to abolish Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) in all its forms.

Announcing the decision in a media briefing in Islamabad on Tuesday, she said the media went through a bleak period during the last four years as they were tortured, kidnapped, attacked, and censorships and black laws were used to suppress  dissent.

The Minister said work on Journalist Protection Bill and Right to Information Act will be beefed up, and it will be made implementable soon.

She said protection of journalists will be ensured at every cost and zero tolerance will be shown to those who try to target media persons.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said the “The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, Ordinance, 2016” will be reviewed in consultation with all stakeholders.

Answering a question, Marriyum Aurangzeb said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is going to address the nation in a couple of days to present his short and medium term agenda to provide relief to the people.

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