MIRPUR (AJK)

Commissioner Mirpur Division Raja Amjad Pervez Ali Khan directed the district administrations, Police and District Information Officers of all the three districts - Mirpur, Kotli and Bhimber to keep a close check and surveillance of the functioning of the existing components of print and electronic media including local newspapers, FM-Radios and Cable-based TV channels.

The Divisional Commissioner issued these directives while chairing a high level meeting of the Deputy Commissioners, SPs and DIOs of all the three districts and other senior officers of the district administrations to review implementation of National Action Plan in the division.

Expressing dismay over the non-compliance of the decisions regarding hate speech and material, taken in the recent meeting of the Regional Committee, the Commissioner directed the participants to submit compliance report on the matter immediately.

The Divisional Commissioner directed for a check and surveillance of newspapers declarations appearing on legal grounds by acting upon the stipulated SoPs side by side checking authenticity of the concerned documents including registration and formal permission.

The chair also advised the audience for devising a mechanism to maintain the monitoring and vetting of the scripts of programs aired by FM Radio channels operating in Mirpur division.

He also directed the district authorities concerned to make local licensed cable operators in their respective bound to strictly follow the prevalent rules and regulations for managing formal transmissions of their cable TV channels.

Regarding public awareness campaign, he directed the District Information Officers to ensure regular and effective publication of necessary Information about the new legislation and issuance of ordinances and progress about implementation of the National Action Plan for public awareness through local print and electronic media.