Govt believes in freedom of expression: CM
LAHORE, February 16 2006: Punjab Chief Minister Ch. Pervaiz Elahi Wednesday February 15 said the government firmly believed in the freedom of expression and it always welcomed positive and constructive criticism.
He expressed these views while addressing a reception hosted in the honour of APNS and CPNE office-bearers at the Chief MinisterÂ’s Secretariat. He said besides expression of freedom, the government took important measures for the welfare of media men. He announced that the construction of Journalists housing colony was also being started in Rawalpindi. The CM ordered the solution of problems being faced by the national and the regional press. He directed authorities concerned to constitute a committee comprising CPNE office-bearers and Information Department officials for resolving problems of the regional press, besides the payment of outstanding amounts of the newspapers and submit a detailed report regarding these matters within a fortnight.
Answering a question about recent incidents in Lahore, Ch Pervaiz Elahi said that certain elements were taking advantage of the sentiments of Muslims for their political ends but the government would foil their nefarious designs. Earlier, CPNE President Arif Nizami and APNS President Mir Shakeel-ur-Rahman thanked the chief minister. In his speech, Mir Shakeel-ur-Rahman said the Punjab chief minister had upheld the tradition of better relations with the press. He apprised the chief minister of various problems being faced by the newspapers and periodicals.
Source: The News