Rly to deny information access to the press -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Rly to deny information access to the press

By Zaheer Mahmood Siddiqui

LAHORE: The Ministry of Railways has decided to deny access to information right to the press in the name of government rules.

A circular distributed in the Railways Headquarters recently warned all employees of serious action in case anyone of them is found involved in passing on any information to the press.

The circular (No12-12-2010-E1) reads: “The communication to the press of any statement of facts or opinion or other information by government servant which is likely to embarrass the government is prohibited.”

It reminded the employees that Rule 22 of the Government Servants (Conduct) Rules 1964 barred them from “communicating to the press any information, even verbally or through discussion, related to official matters or government policy or which is of a classified nature.”

The circular asked all the additional general managers, divisional superintendents and other principal officers to ensure strict compliance as “instances of leakage of secret classified information to the print media are on the increase.”
Source: Dawn
Date:9/16/2010