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Government committed to press freedom: Shujaat

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has said that the government believes in freedom of press and is committed to facilitate the journalist community.

He was addressing the National Convention of Press Clubs on Devolution Trust for Community Empowerment (DTCE) in Islamabad on July 10.

He said that defamation law would be amended with the consultation of the journalist community, adding that under the law the affected party will have the right to go to the court of law for remedy. Strict action would be taken against those levelling baseless allegation against innocent people.

Shujaat criticised those self-exiled politicians who are blaming their contemporaries in the country.

Referring to the Wage Board Award, the Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Information to resolve this issue soon. He said that he has also ordered for the judicious distribution of advertisements to newspapers.

Shujaat said that he does not believe in hollow slogans and is committed to resolving the problems of the people. He said that he has directed all Corporations to provide jobs to the sons and daughters of the journalist community.

The Prime Minister said that Ministry of Information Technology would provide computer systems to press clubs throughout the country to facilitate the journalists.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Sheikh Rashid also assured the journalists that the government would resolve the issue of Wage Board Award on priority basis.

NRB Chairman Danial Aziz said that the government attaches top priority to the suggestions of the journalist community and asked them to pinpoint the irregularities in the society.
Source: Business Recorder
Date:7/11/2004