KARACHI: The Digital Publishers Association of Pakistan (DPAP) arranged on Thursday its first annual dinner at a hotel here.
President of All Pakistan Newspaper Society (APNS) Hameed Haroon, who was the chief guest, said that dissemination of information through digital media has rapidly increased during the last several years.
He asked the government to devise a proper policy to regularize the digital media industry. “It is highly important to regularize the industry for the positive growth of digital media in the days to come,” he added.
General Secretary DPAP Monis Rehman said skyrocketing use of internet has increased the number of consumers from 3 million to 30 million during the last few years. “DPAP was created for the industry, by the industry to regularize itself,” he added. Due the auction for 3G, 4G licenses, digital media would have positive impact in its growth.
Chairman DPAP, Shahab Zuberi, in his welcome address said that DPAP is the representative body of all major publications and electronic channels. “The mainstream newspapers and TV channels of the country are the members of DPAP”, he said.
He said that website penetration in Pakistan is 30 million. He regretted that content of the authentic news website is being stolen by forgers. “Forgers are in fact making more profits than the content generators,” he said. He said that digital media should be considered as mainstream media like other parts of the world. “The government should also focus on the digital mode of advertising,” he added.
He announced that DPAP would also organize digital awards ceremony this year in Islamabad. He said the association would also organize a seminar on digital media that would be participated by foreign delegates from different countries.
“Jang, Rozeepk and Business Recorder have also announced scholarship to train the new entrants,” he said.
The programme was attended by the representatives of media industry, government officials, and civil society members.