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Government believes on press freedom Marriyum Aurangzeb

MS. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Minister of State for IB & NH addressing a rally of PFUJ in Islamabad on March 30, 2017.

ISLAMABAD:(APS) March 30 ,2017- Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb said that Government believes on press freedom and will be ensure the protection of journalists.

In this regard, A framework will be fixed for all reservations solutions of journalistic community.

She added that the government has an abiding commitment to safeguard the rights of the journalists and ensuring freedom of the media as per the instructions of the Prime Minister.

This was stated by Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb while addressing Freedom of Press rally outside the Parliament House,which was organized by the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists to protest against closure of some newspapers in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and institution of a case against a journalist.

She said that the government was taking all possible measures to ensure safety of the journalists as well as security of the media houses across the country and she would not allow any curbs to be put on the rights of the journalists.

Marriyum Aurangzeb also vehemently condemned the insulting treatment meted out to a journalist after the press conference by Imran Khan.

The minister expressing solidarity with the journalist community emphatically declared that she would stand with the journalists with respect to their legitimate and just demands.

Responding to the four demands of the PFUJ, she extended categorical assurance to them that the closed newspapers would be allowed to restart their publication immediately and all the related issues would also be resolved amicably.

In regards to the dues of the newspapers of GB she informed the participants of the rally that first installment has already been released and rest of the payments would also be cleared soon after the return of GB Chief Minister from abroad.

Marriyum said she has already discussed the matter with Chief Secretary GB who has given a commitment in this regard.

The minister said that the government would ensure secure working environment for the journalists in GB and a case instituted against a journalist would also be resolved according to the law.

Principal Information Officer PID Rao Tahseen Ali has already been instructed to play a role in settling the matter and also address the reservations of the media community in regards to cases registered against journalists in other parts of the country, she added.

After the assurances given by the minister, President PFUJ Afzal Butt advised the newspapers of GB to start publishing their papers from Friday.

Butt severely criticized the mistreatment of a journalist at Banigala and demanded an apology from the PTI leadership within 24 hours, failing which he threatened to organize a protest rally outside the central office of PTI and also give a call for country-wide protest.

The rally was attended by President National Press Club Islamabad Shakeel Anjum, Chaudhry Imran Yaqoob Dhilloon  Secretary NPC representatives of media organizations and a great number of journalists.

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