Fawad Chaudhry, the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, has finalised the digital policy for newspaper websites, giving in to the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors’ long-standing requests (CPNE).
While speaking with members of the council, the minister conveyed his condolences over the loss of the council’s president, Arif Nizami, according to a CPNE press statement released on Saturday.
Mr Chaudhry stated that a summary of the digital policy would be presented to the federal cabinet for approval at its meeting next week.
Sohail Ali Khan, the government’s principal information officer, indicated that under this policy, the government would separately give adverts to news websites, with a budget of Rs1 billion possible. Regional and local publications, according to Mr Chaudhry, will be given their own quota. Advertisements will be considered for any news site that has been active for more than six months. The cyber wing will keep an eye on such adverts.
The CPNE’s senior vice president Kazam Khan, as well as the provincial presidents Irshad Ahmed Arif and Ayaz Khan, thanked the information minister for his efforts in getting the digital policy approved.