ISLAMABAD: Govt to protect ‘freedom of journalism’ minister

Creating a ‘passing reference’ to the growing cries for a prohibition on the beleaguered Geo TV, Federal Minister for Information, Pervaiz Rasheed Sunday said the government was adamant in safeguarding the “freedom of journalism” at every cost. “With the ‘freedom of journalism’, which is an awful power, comes a great duty.

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I must say that shouldering this responsibility is a dire need of the hour. The media groups must ensure, with all they are worth, that this force is not abused, no matter what.”, said he while talking to reporters here.

He stated that the “freedom of manifestation” was not imagined to be practiced like a ‘razor in a monkey’s hand.’ The information minister made it clear that government was not in the favour of gagging any media group.

Information Minister further said that he was attempting to perform his business, agreeing to the jurisprudence. “Any misadventure attempted to grind up a divide in the state will be thwarted”, said he.

Rasheed, who is a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) stalwart, did not have this opportunity to slap sarcasm on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf go to desolate.

 “How can PTI, which has been an utter failure in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, work a change in the rest of Pakistan? They should first prove themselves in their stronghold”, said he.

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