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Maryam Aurangzeb slams govt over press freedom

 JournalismPakistan.com
 September 13, 2021

Maryam Aurangzeb slams govt over press freedom

LAHORE - Former Minister of Information and PML-N Information Secretary Maryam Aurangzeb has slammed the PTI-led government for its “draconian and autocratic measures” to deny Pakistani journalists their constitutional right to peaceful protest against the proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA).

In a series of tweets with hashtag #PMDA_Rejected, she said, “Fascist [PM] Imran Khan had abused the state machinery to block democratic and peaceful protest by journalists from across the country against the PMDA black law.”  

She said the journalist fraternity had stood up for the sanctity of their journalistic values and right to freedom of expression and press as granted to them by the constitution.

The PML-N leader reminded that PTI staged a 120-day sit-in against the elected premier at D-Chowk. “It attacked, battered and wounded policemen, hung dirty laundry on the Supreme Court building, cursed parliament, attacked PM House, gave a call for civil disobedience, and asked people to reject formal banking channels and conduct financial transactions through hundi to sabotage national economy”.

She said the PML-N government allowed the PTI to practice their constitutional rights within the law.

“However, the same PTI did not dare to even allow journalists their right to protest peacefully and deployed scores of security personnel and put up barricades to prevent protest against the tyrannical media development authority law that seeks to gag news media and silence the truth,” she tweeted.

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