Kaira denies govt hand in TV channels blockade -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Kaira denies govt hand in TV channels blockade

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira has strongly denied the impression that broadcasts of certain television channels were blocked on the instruction of the top PPP leadership, including himself.

In a telephonic interview with a private television channel, the information minister said that if the broadcasts of certain television channels remained suspended in some areas there could be numerous reasons for that.

It is inappropriate to start criticising the government without going into details, he added. Kaira said that earlier the transmission of three television channels was suspended and fingers were immediately raised towards the government. Later, it was learnt that there was no government involvement behind the incident, he added. Kaira said he would investigate the matter to know the real facts behind the recent happening.

He regretted that some media channels had launched a campaign against President Asif Ali Zardari and some journalists were using even abusive language about the country’s top leadership.

This behaviour might have irritated some party activists against that media but it doesn’t mean the top party leadership was prompting anti-media sentiments, he said. The PPP leadership believes in free media and it has a history of tolerating criticism, he added.

The information minister regretted that even at a time when the Indian press was terming the visit of President Asif Ali Zardari to the United Kingdom a great success, some lobbies at home were busy in baseless propaganda about his visit.

He said the Indian newspapers have said that whatsoever the Indians achieved through Cameron’s visit to their country had been washed out by the visit of President Asif Ali Zardari to the United Kingdom.

The president has convinced the British leadership about Pakistan’s point of view with regard to global war against terror, adding it was publicly acknowledged by British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Source: The News