December 02, 2021
ISLAMABAD—A day after President Arif Alvi signed the Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals Bill into an act, the PTI government placed ads in the newspapers presenting the law as its contribution to press freedom in Pakistan.
On the back pages of major newspapers, the advertisement says that when the journalist is protected, journalism is free. With the slogan, the ad highlights the main points of the law, which the Ministry of Human Rights has prepared.
The law's main features include protecting the lives of journalists, saving them from harassment and torture, and ensuring their welfare by giving facilities of life and health insurance.
However, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is not happy with the law. It has condemned including an extremely vague section on conduct "obligations" in the law under Section 6.
"Section 6 of this law neutralises virtually all the protection that it was supposed to provide when first announced by the government. This section prohibits all journalists and media professionals from spreading 'false information' and producing material that 'advocates hatred' or constitutes 'incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence' – without clearly defining what any of these terms means," RSF said.
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