ISLAMABAD: swearing former Prime Minister Imran Khan for media censorship in of his tenure, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif assured on Wednesday that his government fully committed to freedom of press and speech in Pakistan.
In a statement issued the day after World Press Freedom Day, prime minister said pakistan fell 12 points on World Press Freedom Index during last year of Imran Khan government. However, the country lost 18 points in total on index during four-year possession.
“It’s not only earned him a shameful title of “predator of freedom of the press”, but also placed our democracy in a bad light,” Prime Minister Shehbaz tweeted, criticizing the PTI chairman. for imposing borders on media during his stay.
Statement by the Prime Minister with reference to the annual report of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) stated that his government “totally committed to freedom of press and speech.
In its report, RSF painted a bleak picture. of media freedom in Pakistan, country ranking 157 out of 180 with a score of 37.99.
Pakistan was in 145th place last year on in list with a score of 53.14, slip 12 points in in last year of PTI government.
World Press Freedom Day
International Press Freedom Day celebrated around the world on Tuesday (May 3).
This year’s theme of the day was “journalism under digital Siege”, which describes several ways in what journalism is under threat due to surveillance and digital attacks on journalists and consequences of all this on public trust in digital communications.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, in her message on day, tweeted that ultimate conscience of society is responsible a conscientious free press and its contribution to transparency, accountability as well as a healthy discourse with high standards of Ethics and journalism.
“Our team duty should be united in condemnation of harassment and intimidation of press,” he said. minister.