Media Laws of Pakistan

5215 Words Nov 28th, 2010 21 Pages
Pakistan has quite an interesting yet sometimes depressing history of laws relating to both print and broadcast media. Presently, most of the black laws have been done away with, but there are still many forms of regulation of the mass media that are still in place.
Laws at a Glance
The following hold the basic structure of media laws in Pakistan:

The Registration of books and newspaper act,1867
The Press (emergency power)act 1931
The States (protection against disaffection) act, 1922
The Foreign relations act 1932
The Criminal law amendment act 1932
The States protection act, 1934
The Post office act 1898
The Official secret act
The Telegraph act
The Sea customs act
Article 19
This article is defined as follows:

"Every citizen
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The president will appoint the chairperson of the Council while provincial governors will appoint another four members. With the quorum set at 9 members, government-appointed members can dominate proceedings, including by censuring newspapers without the approval of independent members. That this is problematic is self-evident, particularly in cases where a complaint is brought against a newspaper because it has published reports that are critical of the government, or in cases brought by newspapers against the government.
Purpose of press council
The purpose of the ethical code of practice, is to allow the press to function "in accordance with the canons decency, principle of professional conduct and precepts of freedom and responsibility, to serve the public interest by ensuring an unobstructed flow of news and views to the people envisaging that honesty, accuracy, objectivity and fairness shall be the guide line for the press while serving the public interest."
This idea of press council is still under consideration and is yet to be implemented. As there is a lot of resentment among