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Mandatory Sign Language On All TV Channels in Pakistan

In order to secure special people’s access to the media, President Arif Alvi has signed the Access of Media (Deaf) Persons Act 2022, which requires all commercial and state-run channels to show news bulletins with sign language interpreters.

According to a statement issued by the President’s office on Friday, no news bulletins on public broadcasters, state-run or privately-owned electronic media, private TV channels, cable TV, or any other broadcast media will be allowed without sign language interpreters after six months of the Act’s implementation.

As soon as the Act is implemented, the government will ensure compliance with it.

In accordance with the Act, government and commercial media organizations must hire sign language interpreters within six months.

Earlier this year, the Senate standing committee on information and broadcasting passed the “Access of Media (Deaf) Persons Bill, 2022.”

In detail, PPP Senator Saleem Mandviwalla briefed the committee headed by Senator Faisal Javed on the bill.

There is a growing sense of isolation among special people who cannot watch television or watch plays.

After being approved by competent bodies, the senator also requested the cooperation of the Information Ministry and the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA).

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