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Govt believes in freedom of expression, says Sherry

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Sherry Rehman on Monday denied reports that alleged that President Asif Ali Zardari had made derogatory remark about journalists.

The information minister told the National Assembly that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government believed in the right of freedom of expression, adding that Zardari considered the media important for a true democratic system.

To a point of order raised by PML-N Ayaz Amir, Sherry said the Presidency had already issued a clarification regarding the issue. “President Zardari has cordial relations with journalists and he can never think of uttering such words,” Sherry said.

Sherry said Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and President Zardari had repeatedly reaffirmed their commitment to the freedom of expression for the media.

Both the leaders had given the media a free hand to criticise the government and oppose its policies, as this was the essence of a democratic culture, she said. Sherry said the government had repealed all laws which were against the media after coming into power.

Source: Daily Times
Date:1/20/2009