Press freedom strengthened during eight months
KARACHI- Information and Media Development Minister Javed Jabbar said the government has strengthened freedom of press in the country during the last eight months.
“We have taken a number of measures in this regard including payment of dues of advertisements to newspapers, abolishing newsprint quota and reducing duty on it,” the minister said while speaking at the launching of three books written by senior journalist writer and poet Mahmud Sham.
He said work was underway on the Freedom of Information Act by the government. He urged journalists and researchers to use investigations and initiatives in utilising the information already available.
Javed Jabbar described Pakistani press as “very courageous and one of the best in South Asia, despite the fact there were long period of repressive rule in the country in the past.” He said that political parties should also have democracy within their parties and hold elections. “Politics should have the best and brightest of people so that the country could prosper,” he observed.
Others who spoke on the occasion were Shaukat Siddiqui, Aitzaz Ahsan, Tahir Mahammed Khan, Taj Saeed and Rasul Bux Paleejo.
Source: Business Recorder