Bill to curb fake news proposed to cabinet: Fawad Chaudhary
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Friday said that a law to curb fake news in Pakistan has been proposed and sent to the cabinet for approval.
In a series of tweets, the Minister said that, as he has been stating since 2018, Pakistan would not move forward unless political changes are implemented.
“Reforms concerning judiciary and media are also necessary,” Fawad stressed. Last week, The Minister stated that the “greatest challenge” modern media faces is spreading false propaganda through fake news.
“The phenomenon of fake news emerged after a revolution in information technology (IT) and an increase in the number of media platforms,” he stated earlier in a seminar. He stated that the international community would have to develop standards to counter fake news and that accountability would be combined with the freedom of expression.
In response to inflation, the Minister stated that the government would soon provide “massive relief” on four daily items, namely sugar, flour, ghee, and pulses.
According to Fawad, the government will also provide help in the areas of education and healthcare. Following Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s footsteps, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has planned to introduce health cards in Punjab.
“Now, every family in Punjab will be able to receive health insurance worth up to Rs1 million per year,” he added, adding that the process of issuing cards will begin in December and end in March.
Fawad described the program as a “gamechanger,” claiming that it will provide “excellent treatment” to all members of the low and middle classes.
He went on to say that these cards will be accepted at all hospitals in Punjab, even private ones.