PM launches Digital Media Development Programme, censures mainstream outlets

The Digital Media Development Programme, specializing in the expansion of digital media in Pakistan, has been launched in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the programme on Friday in Islamabad. However, his speech centered on what is called mainstream media – newspapers and TV channels.

The PM mentioned the PTI authorities, in contrast to another in Pakistan’s whole historical past, had left the media utterly unrestrained and greater than 70% of all content material revealed or aired was towards his authorities.

What is Digital Media Development Programme

The Digital Media Development Programme (DMDP) seeks to bridge the hole between college students, the federal government and the digital media trade at giant, in keeping with its web site dmw.gov.pk.

The programme is tailor-made particularly for bachelor college students who’re about to graduate and enter the trade, empowering them and assist them be taught the working of the digital media trade.

A UNDP tweet acknowledged that it was “proud to support” the federal government program, enhancing the digital expertise of Pakistani youth, moreover serving to them achieve higher employment alternatives.

DMDP web site says the programme would work to “create and mentor a cadre of empowered students who are equipped with the new-age skills required to operate in the digital media industry”.

“Our goal is to disseminate immediate, valid and results-oriented digital media content from Government of Pakistan, Federal Ministries and Prime Minister’s Office official social media accounts, ” the DMDP web site says within the about part.

Third or closing yr college students from sure social science and laptop departments are eligible to use for the programme. The following areas have been listed by web site:

  • Mass Communication
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Public Policy and Administration
  • Media Sciences
  • Computer Sciences
  • Software Engineering
  • Business Administration

‘Problem is with fake news’

Stressing that mainstream media loved unprecedented freedom, Imran Khan mentioned the federal government had the issue solely with the faux information or propaganda.

He mentioned that the Digital Media Development Programme was a chance for innovation.

Advising the youth to set increased objectives, he mentioned that they need to be formidable. Urging the youth to transform Pakistan right into a mannequin Islamic state, he mentioned that this state ought to primarily be primarily based on self-respect.

The PM mentioned the liberty allowed to the media could possibly be measured by calculating the variety of packages that have been “against pro- and how many were anti-government”.

Prime Minister Imran Khan mentioned that the low stage of slanderous experiences showing in native media towards ministers and even the PM was unsurpassed by comparability to related experiences overseas.

Citing an instance, he mentioned that when the brand new prime minister of Azad Kashmir had been elected, three main newspapers proclaimed that he (the Azad Kashmir PM) had been nominated due to magic.

Elaborating on the information tales, he mentioned that what would somebody overseas had thought if she or he learn that the prime minister decided the astrological chart after which nominated the Azad Kahmir PM. He mentioned that such experiences have been additionally an “insult” to a grass-root stage politician who had 30 years of expertise in politics. He mentioned that such experiences tarnished the nation’simage overseas.

He mentioned that if such information tales had been revealed wherever else on the earth “I can guarantee I could have gotten millions of dollars in damages which I would have sent to my charity”.

According to him, neither a free judiciary nor a free media might harm the PTI authorities as a result of it was not corrupt or broke any legislation. The authorities, he mentioned, was harm by “fake news” and “propaganda”.

Criticizing the opposition, he mentioned that every one the noise had been as a result of the federal government was ensuring that highly effective peole have been held answerable to their misdeeds.

Self-respect, rule of legislation and concern for humanity have been crucial components for turning into an amazing nation.

The Information Ministry’s Digital Media Wing termed this system a “flagship initiative” in step with the imaginative and prescient of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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