LAHORE: The media is going via a change across the world because of “virtual disruption” and cellular technology has so bewitched the younger technology that very few amongst them watch tv in recent times, television host Fahad Hussain said at a seminar on Sunday.

facts Minister Fawad Chaudhry changed into some of the audio system at the Afkar-i-Taza ThinkFest at Alhamra Arts Centre.

A session on “Does Pakistan want a new media model?” stirred a energetic debate on the future of media as we understand today.

Fahad Hussian referred to as for modifications in content material as maximum viewers had been choosing virtual shops to quench their thirst for facts and entertainment.

Federal information Minister Fawad Chaudhry came up with a dire warning that the modern model could not remaining lengthy if media houses did no longer alternate their approaches.

“The information media wishes government commercials and sponsorship. But what might happen to its freedom if the media seems as much as the authorities as its saviour and now not as a purchaser,” the minister said.

“news media will must reinvent itself and the print media will need to undertake virtual technology. Even cable television has no greater than 5 years left.”

Journalist Owais Tohid stated there must be modifications inside the media version, however these should now not be “spearheaded by means of the militia” or another organization.

Conceding that the present media version became incorrect, he mentioned to censorship by means of kingdom establishments, announcing “the statistics ministry is functioning like a publish office”.

Mr Tohid said a “Seth-owned (businessman) media version has replaced the nation-owned media”.

He said the government usually approached owners of media houses before taking predominant decisions, but never stricken to seek advice from newshounds.

Mehmal Sarfraz raised questions on media censorship, bringing up the Pashtun Tahuffuz movement (PTM) for example which became going thru “total blackout”.

In respond to her questions, Fawad Chaudhry stated: “there is nothing like absolute freedom. If any institution criticises the army or issues fatwas inciting homicide, it need to anticipate a reaction (from the nation).”

Mehmal Sarfraz requested the facts minister now not to equate a “rights movement” with extremist establishments.

about media layoffs, Fahad Hussain said a primary element became the suspension of government commercials.

The droop inside the economic system was also a component at the back of layoffs, he brought.

Journalist Imtiaz Alam criticised the government, mainly the statistics minister, as “censorship and the rulers’ dislike of civil society and liberal values have stunted the media”.

posted in sunrise, January 14th, 2019