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Media Play A Role In Strengthening The Democratic Culture: President Arif Alvi

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President Dr. Arif Alvi said that on Friday, the media, as the fourth pillar of the state, played a crucial role in strengthening democratic culture and values ​​in Pakistan.

Arif Alvi, who addressed the Pakistani Media Congress under the auspices of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), acknowledged that the media are free to give their responsibility, education and entertainment to the masses professionally and responsibly.

He believed that the print media is currently facing a variety of challenges, including those posed by social media. He pointed out that the younger generation is more committed to social media than to print media.

However, the president said that opinion makers are still dependent on print media. He emphasized the need to develop independent business models for the media, and maintaining the media business should be based on autonomy and not on government advertising. He said media freedom is a fundamental right, but it must be exercised with responsibility and self-regulation rather than being censored by the authorities.

On this occasion, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry called on the media to point out the problems of the public and to follow the narratives that were in the country's economic interests. He called on the media to develop a sustainable financial model.

Fawad believed that the sustainability of the media was also linked to the country's economic sustainability, noting that the investment of billions of rupees abroad settled in Saudi Arabia and the third-largest oil refinery was built in Pakistan. However, the media did not adequately report it.

Fawad pointed out that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor project (CPEC) is a backbone of the Pakistani economy. He regretted, however, that the media sometimes bought the Western narrative, anti-CPEC and anti-Pak China relations.

The minister made it clear that the media could only be free if the government had an economic interest in it. He emphasized that the media needed a sustainable financial model in order not to rely on the government.

Citing the print media in the United States, the minister claimed that the New York Times and the Washington Post would never ask US President Donald Trump to print newspapers. He noted that the government had spent 90 million rupees on print media in the last 10 days, and that the government spent 300-350 million print media ads in a month. The advertising budget amounted to Rs 86 billion, which could reach $ 1.75 billion on economic development.

The minister said the government has a duty to solve media issues in consultation with the CPNE and press clubs, adding that both should analyze what exactly led to the media crisis to avert such a situation in the future.

"We believe in openness and eliminate the visa restrictions for the citizens of 66 countries. The media should be at this point to the economy, "he said.

"We stand shoulder to shoulder with the media workers and offer them full support. Ultimately, however, the media must emerge as a sustainable model that puts an end to dependence on the government, "he said. Earlier, CPN President Arif Nizami highlighted the problems facing the media industry, especially the print media.
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