FM radio licences to be granted to political parties, says Marri -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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FM radio licences to be granted to political parties, says Marri

An independent media strengthens democracy, and “political parties will also be provided licences to set up FM radio stations,” because the present government wishes to restore and strengthen press freedom and protect the right of freedom of expression which is guaranteed to people by the Constitution of Pakistan, Sindh Information Minister Shazia Marri said Saturday.

In her message on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, she said that social wrongdoings could be highlighted and their rectification was also possible only when media organisations worked freely.

Marri said that after the launching of various private TV channels, timely dissemination of information had become possible, and the media had been “revolutionised.”

She said that former Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairperson, Benazir Bhutto, had always strived for the freedom of expression, adding that the media “acts as a bridge between the people and the government.”

She assured of complete cooperation from the present government to journalists and media organizations discharging their professional duties.

Shazia Marri appealed to owners of media organizations to work for the protection and social welfare of their employees. She also paid tribute to journalists who were killed or injured while performing their professional duties during the past few years.

Meanwhile, improvement in the law and order situation in the province will attract investment from more multinational companies (MNCs). “Thus more employment opportunities will be available for our youth and the currently-unsatisfactory service delivery of public-sector institutions will also be improved,” Sindh Minister for Information, Shazia Marri, said Saturday.

She was speaking at the inaugural session of a seminar on ‘Building a service culture that sizzles and succeeds.’ The event was organised by the Institute of Business Management (IoBM), and world-renowned lecturer, Ron Kaufman, was also among the speakers.
Source: The News
Date:5/4/2008