Shujaat lashes out at new print media rules -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Shujaat lashes out at new print media rules

LAHORE – PML-Q President Ch Shujaat Hussain has taken a strong exception to the new rules that require the print media organisations to obtain registration certificates every three years to keep their declaration remain valid.

He expressed these views while speaking at the luncheon hosted in the honor of CPNE’s newly-elected body. PMLQ leaders, well-known media practitioners including columnists, writers and political analysts were present on the occasion.

He said the new rules had exposed the present rulers. “While in the opposition, the leaders pose themselves as champion of freedom of press, But the same lot when comes in power apply curbs on media, showing little tolerance towards the criticism made in the press” Shujaat said.

He said our past and present testified the fact that the PML-Q always kept up the banner of freedom of press. He said the PML-Q government carried out reforms that led to media boom in the country. Shujaat said that Pervaiz Elahi being chief minister of Punjab distributed 1300 plots to journalists irrespective of their political leanings. Shujaat while lashing out at the new rules termed them as curbs to smother voice of media.

CPNE’s secretary general Khushnud Ali Khan also slammed the new rules notified by the government the other day. He described the new rules as blackest chapter in the journalistic history of this country whereby the newspapers were made to revalidate their registration every three years.

He vowed to fight against such media curbs while demanding of the government to annul these laws. He said media blossomed in an environment free of such curbs. He said such measures only bring bad name to the government.

Source: The Nation

Date:1/12/2009