New government to ensure press freedom: Rashid
ISLAMABAD- Federal Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on November 23, 2002 said the government would adhere to the policy of the freedom of the press and the electronic media.
“Gone are the days when you could impose restrictions on the media,” said the minister. “Instead, we should give the media more access to information.” Talking to reporters after taking oath, the minister said an increased contact with the media will help create better relations and working environment.
He said, “We have perhaps the strongest of the opposition and there are lots of issues to be tackled.”
He said there is a need to have a healthy relationship with the media. The minister replied in affirmative when asked if the new government would continue the process of opening up of the media. “We will not only continue but will also bring about more improvement,” the minister said. “We will open up the official media.”
Rashid said that the new government would continue to pursue the freedom given to the print and electronic media. The minister said the new government will promote Pakistan as a democratic and moderate country in the world.
He said the opposition is very cooperative and has positive thinking. Both the government and the opposition will work together and put the country on the path of progress and prosperity in a true democratic environment, he said. “This will fulfil the expectations of the people and enable us to play an important role in the current international environment.”
Source: The News