Pervaiz urges media to play role in strengthening democracy

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 5 (APP): Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Friday said media should play its vital role in further strengthening and nurturing democratic values and norms.
Addressing members of Executive Committee of All Pakistan
Newspapers Society (APNS), he said respect for rule of law and
the Constitution should be held supreme.
He said media should identify those amongst its ranks who
preach subverting the Constitution and defaming the parliamentary
democracy.
He said: “We would urge newspapers to reflect balance in
providing space and coverage.”
He said transparency and fairness in governance is hallmark
of Pakistan Muslim League(N) government.
Principles of transparency should be adopted by all including
the media industry, he added.
The minister said the democratic government believes in
freedom of expression and would never accept any bar on free
speech and people’s right to hold opinions.
The government is committed to facilitate media as it
considers that democracy and independence of media go hand
in hand, he added.
Media owners should also ensure that rights of working
journalists are protected, he stressed adding their issues of
salary should be resolved at earliest.
Pervaiz assured the members of APNS that the ministry will
continue its efforts for the betterment of media industry and
work with them for the achievement of free and responsible media.
The government would seriously consider the demands of APNS
related to the issues of advertisements, he added.

APP/Naheed

VNS, Islamabad