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Pakistani news channels to face fine by up to Rs10mn for airing fake news under Pemra Amendment Bill 2023

01:47 PM | 22 Jul, 2023
Pakistani news channels to face fine by up to Rs10mn for airing fake news under Pemra Amendment Bill 2023

ISLAMABAD – The Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting in NA gave final nod to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority PEMRA (Amendment) Bill, 2023 with warning of hefty fines on broadcaster to air disinformation.

NA Committee meeting led by Javaria Zafar Aheer approved the bill, while Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb and other members of ruling alliance, hailed the bill amendment, calling it historic.

Minister said media workers were empowered to file complaints in the Council of Complaints. She said it took more than a year for the coalition government to prepare the amended bill after detailed consultations were all stakeholders.

She mentioned redefining fake news, disinformation, and misinformation in the Amendment Bill, and under the new bill, the fine for airing false news has been increased to Rs10 million.

At least nine clauses, of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority bill, have been changed, whereas, five new ones 20, 20-A, 29A, 30B, and 39A were introduced.

Minister said public entertainment, education and information have been improved, and it focuses on content related to tolerance in society, general development, energy, and economic development.

Under the new bill, the duration of airing ads cannot exceed 5 minutes during a regular programme on the mainstream channels.

Unions of media workers including the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) were briefed about the PEMRA law.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 20 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remained largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 20, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.05 for buying and 282.1 for selling.

On Tuesday, Euro stands at 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.4 for buying, and 355.4 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.55 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.2.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.05 282.1
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.4 355.4
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.55 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 180 182
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.12 751.12
Canadian Dollar CAD 206.5 208.5
China Yuan CNY 38.84 39.24
Danish Krone DKK 40.24 40.64
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.48 3.59
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 906.33 915.33
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.1 172.1
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.75 733.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 207
Swedish Korona SEK 26.85 27.15
Swiss Franc CHF 315.64 318.14
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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