Marriyum censures govt over PMDA

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PML-N Information Secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb has slammed the PTI-led authorities for its “draconian and autocratic measures” to disclaim Pakistani journalists their constitutional proper to peaceable protest in opposition to the proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA).

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There is a basic impression that the federal government intends to curtail the independence of media and tighten management over journalists by means of the PMDA.

In a sequence of tweets, Marriyum mentioned, “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.”

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She mentioned the journalist fraternity had stood up for the sanctity of their journalistic values and proper to freedom of expression and press as granted to them by the structure.

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The PML-N chief reminded the nation that the identical PTI had staged a 120-day sit-in in opposition to the elected premier at D-Chowk, “attacked, battered and wounded policemen, hung dirty laundry on the august building of the Supreme Court, 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 mentioned the PML-N authorities on the time allowed the PTI to practise their constitutional rights inside the bounds of legislation.

“However, the same PTI did not have the audacity 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.”

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